Minority Studies

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Majorities are made, now not born. This publication argues that there aren't any natural majorities within the Asia-Pacific area, commonly outlined, nor within the West. Numerically, ethnically, politically, and culturally, societies make and mark their majorities below particular historic, political, and social situations. This place demanding situations Samuel Huntington’s influential thesis that civilizations are composed of roughly homogeneous cultures, suggesting as a substitute that tradition is as malleable because the politics that informs it.

The fourteen individuals to this quantity argue that emphasis on minority/majority rights relies on uncritically approved rules of purity, numerical superiority, and social consensus. Emphases upon multiculturalism can develop into methods of overlaying severe political, ethnic, and sophistication ameliorations only when it comes to cultural distinction, and affirmative-action regulations can isolate, establish, and stigmatize minorities as usually as they homogenize, unify, and naturalize majorities.

This booklet analyzes how minorities are made and marked throughout cultural, neighborhood, and nationwide obstacles from Hawai‘i to Turkey, a zone that encompasses terribly diversified populations and political advancements and that's usually considered as composed of fairly homogeneous majorities.

This quantity information discourses of majority and minority, permitting exploration of a few questions of extra normal situation within the humanities and social sciences, together with: How does one turn into formally “ethnic” in lots of states in Asia? How are understandings of majority and minority cultures created and formed in particular political and ancient contexts? How does the country form the way in which humans think about themselves? How do humans face up to, rework, and applicable those respectable representations?

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