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Pluralism and the Politics of Difference: State, Culture, and Ethnicity in Comparative Perspective

R. D. Grillo


How do political processes, working through the authoritative institutions of society (the state), shape and reproduce difference? How do societies cope with ethnic and cultural diversity? Ernest Gellner observed that culturally and ethnically plural societies ‘worked well in the past’ but not under modern conditions. Comparison of anthropological and other data on ethnic and cultural pluralism in various historical configurations of state and society (early or pre‐industrial states; modern industrial states; and contemporary, post‐modern, and post‐industrial states) is instructive. In many ea ... More

Keywords: assimilation, cultural diversity, difference, ethnicity, integration, modernity, multiculturalism, nation state, pluralism, state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294269
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198294263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. D. Grillo, author
University of Sussex
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