Ethnicity: Theory and Experience

reviewed by Nobuo K. Shimahara - 1976

coverTitle: Ethnicity: Theory and Experience
Author(s): Nathan Glazer, Daniel P. Moynihan
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Until very recently, a typical approach to problems of ethnicity has been based upon a cultural assumption, according to which these problems are by and large inherent in, or derived from, the cultures or subcultures of various ethnic groups. This cultural approach emphasizes the value orientations, religious beliefs, linguistic differences, and other customs of ethnic groups as most crucial to understanding ethnic phenomena—such as interethnic inequality and conflict, discrimination, and prejudice. In other words its focus is on various forms of cultural primordiality and their extensions as related to inter-ethnic relations. Consequently the cultural approach tends to attribute causes of interethnic phenomena to such dimensions as cultural primordiality. It has further led to the following notions, among others. First, distinctive ethnic group orientations constitute an essential condition determining the extent to which individuals guided by such orientations exhibit their social success or failure. Second, if interethnic problems are to be solved,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 77 Number 4, 1976, p. 666-668 ID Number: 1306, Date Accessed: 12/1/2020 1:17:01 AM

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