Ethnicity theory for migration research
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Sezneva, O. 2013. Ethnicity theory for migration research. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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.”
- cultural diversity;
- ethnic conflict;
- identity politics;