Making Majorities : Constituting the Nation in Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey - Gladney, Dru C.

Making Majorities : Constituting the Nation in Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey

Dru C. Gladney

Yayınevi: Stanford University Press

Yayın tarihi: 10/1998

ISBN: 9780804730471

Ciltli | İngilizce | 369 Sayfa |

Tür: Antropoloji

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Majorities are made, not born. This book argues that there are no pure majorities in the Asia-Pacific region, broadly defined, nor in the West. Numerically, ethnically, politically, and culturally, societies make and mark their majorities under specific historical, political, and social circumstances. This position challenges Samuel Huntington s influential thesis that civilizations are composed of more or less homogeneous cultures, suggesting instead that culture is as malleable as the politics that informs it. The fourteen contributors to this volume argue that emphasis on minority/majority rights is based on uncritically accepted ideas of purity, numerical superiority, and social consensus. Emphases upon multiculturalism can become ways of masking serious political, ethnic, and class differences merely in terms of cultural difference, and affirmative-action policies can isolate, identify, and stigmatize minorities as often as they homogenize, unify, and naturalize majorities.

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