Dominant Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities


Ethnicity has often been synonymous with ‘minority’ in the public mind and in the nationalism and ethnic studies literature. Yet there is nothing in the definition of ethnicity to link it with the idea of a minority. Dominant ethnicity is a new area of research which explores the idea of dominant-group ethnicity. I begin with an edited book which draws together research from a wide variety of academic specialisms which possess strong intellectual synergies. The past and future of two major types of ethnic group are considered: dominant majorities (i.e. ethnic Japanese in Japan, Jews in Israel) and dominant minorities (i.e. Melanesian Fijians in Fiji, Tutsis in Rwanda). In addition to my own contribution on the decline of dominant ‘WASP’ ethnicity in Canada and the United States, thirteen other articles appear. Two are theoretical pieces and the others consider case studies. Also see the related articles and book reviews, as well as events.

Edited Book: Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities (Routledge, 2004)

Sole-authored Book: The Rise & Fall of Anglo-America: The Decline of Dominant Ethnicity in the United States (Harvard University Press, 2004) – Order/More Information





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