Common Denominators by Thomas Hylland Eriksen
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Common Denominators
By Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Common Denominators

Ethnicity, Nation-building and Compromise in Mauritius

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Common Denominators by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

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This book seeks to enhance comparative understandings of ethnicity, to refine theories of nationalism, and to contribute to ongoing debates on multiculturalism, identity politics and creolization. Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island-state with a population of about one million, provides a fascinating focus for this comprehensive study of social identity and political culture. Fifteen languages are officially spoken on the island, and four world religions are represented, as well as a high number of ethnic groups. The author argues that the social importance of ethnicity depends not only on political and economic circumstances, but also on kinship organization, and shows how ethnicity is expressed through the idioms of language and religion. However, it is also shown how ethnic identity may be superseded by other forms of belongingness and politics in the contemporary age. Nationhood, gender, class and individualism are all examined for the role they play in social organization and the formation of collective identity. Multiethnic and peaceful, the pace of social change in Mauritius has been rapid throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The ways in which Mauritians negotiate the relationship between ethnic, national and other identities in forging a surprisingly stable and democratic society, and the peculiar tensions which arise in the interface between the ethnic and the non-ethnic, ought to be familiar to anyone concerned with the future of multiethnic societies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781859739594
ISBN-10: 1859739598
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Pages: 220
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Thomas Hylland Eriksen Professor,Department and Museum of Anthropology, University of Oslo

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