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The Foundations of Ethnic Politics Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World (Hardcover)

Author:  Henry E. Hale
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0521894948
ISBN-13: 9780521894944
Sku: 208020954
Publish Date: 5/7/2012
Pages:  296
Age Range:  NA
 
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Despite implicating ethnicity in everything from civil war to economic failure, researchers seldom consult psychological research when addressing the most basic question: What is ethnicity? The result is a radical scholarly divide generating contradictory recommendations for solving ethnic conflict. Research into how the human brain actually works demands a revision of existing schools of thought. At its foundation, ethnic identity is a cognitive uncertainty-reduction device with special capacity to exacerbate, but not cause, collective action problems. This produces a new general theory of ethnic conflict that can improve both understanding and practice. A deep study of separatism in the USSR and CIS demonstrates the theory's potential, mobilizing evidence from elite interviews, three local languages, and mass surveys. The outcome is a significant reinterpretation of nationalism's role in the USSR's breakup, which turns out to have been a far more contingent event than commonly recognized. International relations in the CIS are similarly cast in new light.

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Product attributePublisher:   Cambridge University Press
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