The Making and Unmaking of Ethnic Boundaries: A Multilevel Process Theory1

  title={The Making and Unmaking of Ethnic Boundaries: A Multilevel Process Theory1},
  author={Andreas W. Wimmer},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={970 - 1022}
  • Andreas W. Wimmer
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • Primordialist and constructivist authors have debated the nature of ethnicity “as such” and therefore failed to explain why its characteristics vary so dramatically across cases, displaying different degrees of social closure, political salience, cultural distinctiveness, and historical stability. The author introduces a multilevel process theory to understand how these characteristics are generated and transformed over time. The theory assumes that ethnic boundaries are the outcome of the… CONTINUE READING
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