Reconsidering primordialism: an alternative approach to the study of ethnicity

@article{Bayar2009ReconsideringPA,
  title={Reconsidering primordialism: an alternative approach to the study of ethnicity},
  author={Murat Bayar},
  journal={Ethnic and Racial Studies},
  year={2009},
  volume={32},
  pages={1639 - 1657}
}
  • M. Bayar
  • Published 14 October 2009
  • Sociology
  • Ethnic and Racial Studies
Abstract This theoretical article first clarifies the exclusive assumptions of primordialism and constructivism. Subsequently, it demonstrates that primordialism has substantial power to explain ethnic phenomena, since (a) ethnic identities persist even in the hardest cases, such as sub-Saharan Africa and the United States, and (b) the attributed significance of assumed kinship has psychological and sociological bases. Finally, this article formulates hypotheses based on the core primordialist… 
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