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International, peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal.



About Ethnoculture

Ethnoculture is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access electronic journal publishing research and scholarship by members of COER, the IUAES Commission on Ethnic Relations.


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Editorial Collective

Editor: E. L. Cerroni-Long
Production Editor: A. Haywood
Editorial Consultants:
M. Aho; M. Ferrara; K. Gottschang; Y. Hirano;
E. Jaidevi; C. Louis-Charles; M. N-Q. Phillips; R. Tamayo

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Table of Contents

Editorial: "Addressing Ethnicity"
p. 1
E.L. Cerroni-Long
"Ethnicity in Anthropology"
pp. 2-14
Stanley Barrett
"Race Relations and Public Policy in Rural Ontario"
pp. 15-26
 Michael de Jongh
"Identity Politics and the Politics of Identity: An Exclusive Hybrid Community Negotiates Ethnicity, Place, and Contemporary South African Realities "
pp. 27-38
 Jan Delacourt
"Moving in, around, and across Ethnicities: Transnational Immigrants in Voluntary Associations, Claiming Rights and Creating Change"
pp. 39-44
F.C. de Beer
"Exercise in Futility, or Dawn of Afrikaner Self-Determination:
An Exploratory Ethno-Historical Investigation of Orania"
pp. 45-58
Vesna V. Godina
"Supra-Ethnic Identity in Multiethnic Societies: The Case of Yugoslav Multiethnic Identity"
pp. 59-71
 Leif Manger
"Ethnicity and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Nuba Mountains of the Sudan: Processes of Group-Making, Meaning Production, and Metaphorization"
pp. 72-84

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ETHNOCULTURE  (Vol.1, 2007 p. 1)


Addressing Ethnicity

As education is broadening access to scientific knowledge, the promise of an increase in application is also enhanced. While the results of natural-science research have long been applied to technological innovation, the opportunity to apply social-science findings to social policy is now being increasingly explored. In support of this welcome trend, COER is embarking upon a worldwide survey of “best practices” in addressing ethnicity at the level of theory, practice, and policy--anthropologically assessed.

In particular, we aim at clarifying various issues specific to the anthropological study of ethnicity that are crucial to the successful development of scholarly and research work in this area. What theoretical models of ethnicity afford the best understanding of its dynamics? What practices best accommodate ethnic differences and ensure constructive group relations? What social policies facilitate ethnic integration and best assuage potential intergroup conflict? Are successful approaches linked to the specific settings in which they emerge or can they be generalizable? Can theoretical models be translated into constructive policy recommendations? Can application outcomes be predicted? Ethnicity needs to be addressed at the level of theory, practice, and policy, and in the process these three strands of its fabric need to be untangled and analyzed.

The 1st International COER Colloquium, held in Florence, Italy, July 7-9, 2006, was dedicated to this theme (see details in Meetings), and a selection of the papers presented is published in this inaugural volume of COER’s online journal.

Some of the issues addressed at the COER Colloquium, and especially some of the conclusions derived from the presentations and the ensuing discussions, were summarized in a paper solicited by the organizers of the next ICAES from the chairpersons of the various IUAES commissions. These papers survey the current "state of the art" in the various areas of research the IUAES commissions specifically address and will be published in a book available at the ICAES, to be held in July 2008 in Kunming, China. A survey of the crucial issues affecting anthropological research on ethnicity seems an appropriate introduction for the inaugural volume of the journal, and a version of the invited paper is published here, gratefully acknowledging the book sponsors' original invitation and support.

The establishment of the COER International Colloquium, and now the publishing of COER's electronic journal, mark the expansion of commission activities in an area of research that seems to be acquiring ever-increasing relevance. In the hope that these initiatives will encourage the further growth of anthropological involvement in the study of ethnicity, it is also important to recognize the efforts of all the international colleagues who have supported the establishment of our commission, and who have markedly contributed to its activities. One of these colleagues, Professor N. O. (Niko) Kielstra from the University of Amsterdam, who served first on COER's Founding Committee and then represented Europe on our original Advisory Board, has untimely passed away. This first volume of Ethnoculture is dedicated to his memory.

E. L. Cerroni-Long ([email protected])
COER Chair

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