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Constructing Ethnicity: Creating and Recreating Ethnic Identity and Culture

Constructing Ethnicity: Creating and Recreating Ethnic Identity and Culture Identity and culture are two of the basic building blocks of ethnicity. Through the construction of identity and culture, individuals and groups attempt to address the problematics of ethnic boundaries and meaning. Ethnicity is best understood as a dynamic, constantly evolving property of both individual identity and group organization. The construction of ethnic identity and culture is the result of both structure and agency—a dialectic played out by ethnic groups and the larger society. Ethnicity is the product of actions undertaken by ethnic groups as they shape and reshape their self-definition and culture; however, ethnicity is also constructed by external social, economic, and political processes and actors as they shape and reshape ethnic categories and definitions. This paper specifies several ways ethnic identity and culture are created and recreated in modern societies. Particular attention is paid to processes of ethnic identity formation and transformation, and to the purposes served by the production of culture—namely, the creation of collective meaning, the construction of community through mythology and history, and the creation of symbolic bases for ethnic mobilization. This content is only available as a PDF. Author notes * I wish to thank Richard Alba, Stephen Cornell, Jim Holstein, Carol A.B. Warren, and Norman Yetman for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper. © 1994 Society for the Study of Social Problems, Inc. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Problems Oxford University Press

Constructing Ethnicity: Creating and Recreating Ethnic Identity and Culture

Social Problems , Volume 41 (1) – Feb 1, 1994

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Oxford University Press
Copyright
© 1994 Society for the Study of Social Problems, Inc.
ISSN
0037-7791
eISSN
1533-8533
DOI
10.2307/3096847
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Abstract

Identity and culture are two of the basic building blocks of ethnicity. Through the construction of identity and culture, individuals and groups attempt to address the problematics of ethnic boundaries and meaning. Ethnicity is best understood as a dynamic, constantly evolving property of both individual identity and group organization. The construction of ethnic identity and culture is the result of both structure and agency—a dialectic played out by ethnic groups and the larger society. Ethnicity is the product of actions undertaken by ethnic groups as they shape and reshape their self-definition and culture; however, ethnicity is also constructed by external social, economic, and political processes and actors as they shape and reshape ethnic categories and definitions. This paper specifies several ways ethnic identity and culture are created and recreated in modern societies. Particular attention is paid to processes of ethnic identity formation and transformation, and to the purposes served by the production of culture—namely, the creation of collective meaning, the construction of community through mythology and history, and the creation of symbolic bases for ethnic mobilization. This content is only available as a PDF. Author notes * I wish to thank Richard Alba, Stephen Cornell, Jim Holstein, Carol A.B. Warren, and Norman Yetman for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper. © 1994 Society for the Study of Social Problems, Inc.

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Social ProblemsOxford University Press

Published: Feb 1, 1994

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