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The Ethnic Phenomenon

by Pierre Van Den Berghe

The Ethnic Phenomenon Synopsis

Van den Berghe contends that intergroup relations are reducible to individuals competing for scarce resources. While social classes are grouped according to common material interests, ethnic groups are organized by real or punitive common descent--ultimately on the basis of common interests. The author argues that ethnic nepotism is, at its very foundation, biological. This new approach is expanded further, taking into account how ethnicity is responsive to a wide spectrum of environmental factors. He analytically relates his own ideological biases to the substance of his work. What results is an intensely personal book of monumental scope and admirable intellectual honesty.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780275927097
Publication date: 19th August 1987
Author: Pierre Van Den Berghe
Publisher: Praeger Publishers Inc an imprint of ABC-CLIO
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 318 pages
Categories: Social discrimination & inequality, Ethnic studies,

About Pierre Van Den Berghe

PIERRE L. VAN DEN BERGHE is the recipient of the Spivak Award from the American Sociological Association for sustained scholarly contributions throughout his career.

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