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Ethnicity theory for migration research

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  1. Olga Sezneva

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm203

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Sezneva, O. 2013. Ethnicity theory for migration research. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Ethnicity is a form of social solidarity. Its distinct feature is the understanding of commonality in terms of shared descent, culture, and the symbolic valorization of “ancestral land.” More broadly, sociologists have characterized it as a subjectively experienced sense of belonging and a mode of creating social groups by drawing boundaries. Ethnicity takes its strength from the emotional commitments people forge in their everyday interactions, and demonstrates its organizational force in shaping categorical identities on the basis of similarity and difference – “us” and “them.”

Keywords:

  • cultural diversity;
  • cross-cultural;
  • anthropology;
  • ethnic conflict;
  • ethnocentrism;
  • identity politics;
  • transnationalism