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For centuries minority groups have been singled out for scrutiny by the majority. They are portrayed as deviant, exotic, or else warrant special attention, and the exotic always seem to be located elsewhere, or at any rate not among 'us', the members of the majority.

This book examines the ways in which 'majority' cultures govern and represent minorities and recent immigrants. The volume asks what is the impact of globalization, governance and immigration controls on the construction of the majority 'self' and minority 'other'? How do people perceive minorities and the arrival of immigrants of different nationalities to local societies? How are issues of ethnic difference represented and managed in sites of entrenched ethnic violence and ongoing conflict? In addressing these questions this book offers a rich collection of essays that scrutinize the processes through which Western cultures represent and exclude those people that are considered to be ethnically 'other'.


Description

For centuries minority groups have been singled out for scrutiny by the majority. They are portrayed as deviant, exotic, or else warrant special attention, and the exotic always seem to be located elsewhere, or at any rate not among 'us', the members of the majority.

This book examines the ways in which 'majority' cultures govern and represent minorities and recent immigrants. The volume asks what is the impact of globalization, governance and immigration controls on the construction of the majority 'self' and minority 'other'? How do people perceive minorities and the arrival of immigrants of different nationalities to local societies? How are issues of ethnic difference represented and managed in sites of entrenched ethnic violence and ongoing conflict? In addressing these questions this book offers a rich collection of essays that scrutinize the processes through which Western cultures represent and exclude those people that are considered to be ethnically 'other'.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Majority Cultures and the Everday Politics of Ethnic Difference; K.Tyler
PART 1: WHOSE WORLD IS THIS? GLOBALIZATION, GOVERNANCE and IMMIGRATION
Mobility, Migration Control and Geopolitical Imaginations; S.Kalm
Europe in Peril; A.Hellström
PART 2: WHOSE PLACE IS THIS? LOCAL LEVEL RESPONSES TO ETHNIC DIFFERENCE
City Marketing in a Dual City: Discourses of Progress and Problems in Post-Industrial Malmo; D.Mukhtar-Landgren
Debating the Rural and the Urban: Majority White Racialized Discourses on the Countryside and the City; K.Tyler
Local Responses to Immigrants in the Midwestern United States; K. Fennelly
Belonging and Entitlement: Shifting Discourses of Difference in Multi-Ethnic Neighbourhoods in the UK; K.Ray, M.Hudson& J.Phillips
Marginal Majority and Disheveled Otherness: Debating Gypsyness on the Greek-Albanian Border; A. Theodosiou
PART 3: WHOSE LAND IS THIS? REPRESENTATIONS OF ETHNIC CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE
The Power of Stereotypes and Enemy Images: the Case of the Chechen Wars; B. Petersson
European Declarations on Minorities: the Kurdish Quest for Turkey's Membership of the European Union; N. Ucarlar
Local Media Representations of Islam before 9/11; M. Brown
Whose House is This? The Palestinian 'Other' and the Construction of Jewish Israeli Identity; T. Litvak-Hirsch, D. Bar-On& J. Chaitin
The Making and Breaking of Difference: Concluding Thoughts; B. Petersson& K. Tyler
Index


Authors

KATHARINE TYLER is Lecturer in 'Race' and Ethnicity in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, UK. She has published articles on her research in the journals Ethnos; Ethnic and Racial Studies; the Sociological Review; Identities: Issues in Global Culture and Power, and has contributed to several edited volumes.

BO PETERSSON is Professor of Political Science and Deputy Head of the Centre for European Studies, Lund University, Sweden. His major publications in English include Stories about Strangers: Swedish Media Constructions of Socio-Cultural Risk and National Self-images and Regional Identities in Russia.