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Ethnicity, Ethnic Conflicts, Peace Processes: Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Edward A. Tiryakian

ISBN 10: 1-897160-08-9
ISBN 13: 978-1897160084
Pub date: 2005
Cover: Softcover
Pages: 185

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Edward A. Tiryakian (PhD Harvard) is professor of Sociology at Duke University (North Carolina, USA), where he has served as Director of International Studies. He is past president of the International Association of French-speaking Sociologists (AISLF). His main research interests are in sociological theory, modernization analysis, and comparative analysis of nationalism and ethnic conflicts. Among recent publications are “Is There a Future for Sociology in the Bioglobal Age?” in H. Joas and C. Camic, eds, The Dialogical Turn. New Roles for Sociology in the Post-Disciplinary Age (Rowman & Littlefield 2004); “Assessing Multiculturalism Theoretically: E Pluribus Unum, Sic et Non,” in J. Rex and G. Singh, eds, Governance in Multicultural Societies (Ashgate 2004), and Edward A. Tiryakian and Said Arjomand, eds, Rethinking Civilizational Analysis (Sage 2004).


David Brown is Associate Professor in the Politics and International Studies Program, and a Fellow in the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Western Australia. He has numerous publications on ethnic politics in West Africa and Southeast Asia, and on nationalism, including authorship of The State and Ethnic Politics in Southeast Asia (Routledge 1994), and Contemporary Nationalism: Civic, Ethnocultural and Multicultural Politics (Routledge 2000). His most recent publication is “The Democratization of National Identity” in Susan Henders, ed., Democratization and Identity: Regimes and Ethnicity in East and Southeast Asia (Lexington Books 2004). In 2003 he received a Fulbright “New Century Scholar” award.

Pierre du Toit is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. His latest book is South Africa's Brittle Peace—The Problem of Post-Settlement Violence (2001). He is the recipient of a Fulbright New Century Scholars award for 2002–2003.

Steve Fenton is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol, UK. His most recent book is Ethnicity for Polity Press (2003). In 2002, he co-edited Ethno-national Identities (with Steve May) for Palgrave Macmillan. He has recently completed an ESRC-funded study of young adults and changing labour markets in Bristol. He is leading a study of “class and national identity in the United Kingdom,” part of the Leverhulme programme at the University of Bristol, Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship.

Lynn Hempel is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University. Her research examines the relationship between resource competition and the assertion of ethnic and racial boundaries. She recently completed a comparative study of the effects of ethnic competition on ethnic identification in the plural society of Mauritius and has begun a similar study examining racial competition and racial boundaries in the rural South.

Karina Korostelina (MA, National Kiev University, 1991; PhD, Odessa State University, 1994, Dr of Science (professorship), National Academy of Science Institute of Psychology, 2003) is a Research Professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, GMU and Professor in the Psychological Department at National Taurida University. She is a Fellow of European Research Center of Migration and Ethnic Relation (ERCOMER). She conducts research on the topics of national and ethnic identity, ethnic conflict resolution and ethnic relations, reconciliation and peacebuilding. She has received grants from the MacArthur Foundation, Soros Foundation (Research Support Scheme, Managing Multiethnic Communities Project, Renaissance Foundation), the United State Institute of Peace, US National Academy of Education, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of USDS, INTAS, IREX and Council of Europe. She participated in the Regional Scholar Exchange Program, administered by the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC and in the CRC Nationalism session at the Curriculum Resource Center of the Central European University. The results of her research were presented at more than 20 international conferences in Europe and USA and in 45 publications in Ukrainian and International journals. She is author of The System of Social Identities: The Analysis of Ethnic Situation in the Crimea, The Social Identity and Conflict, Psychodiagnostic of Interethnic Relations in the Crimea, and editor of Interethnic Coexistence in the Crimea: The Ways of Achievement. She made itinerary presentations at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo; University of Delaware; Institute for Conflict Analyses and Resolution at George Mason University, at Harvard University, Boston, at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Georgetown University, Washington, DC, European Research Center of Migration and Ethnic Relation (ERCOMER), The Netherlands and led four roundtables on the Voice of America. She conducts seminars, round tables and trainings for leaders of NGOs, community activists, teachers and government officials, organized by Danish Refugee Council, OUN and other international organizations. She has elaborated identity based training of tolerance.

John Rex (BA, South Africa; PhD, Leeds; DSc, Plymouth). Born in South Africa 1925. Lecturer Leeds University, 1949–62; Birmingham University (1962–64); Professor of Sociology, Durham University 1964–70; Warwick University 1970–79. Director SSRC Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations 1979–84; Associate Director 1984–90. Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Warwick University 1990 to present. Member of UNESCO Experts Committee on Race and Race Prejudice 1967. President of International Sociological Association Research Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities 1974–82. Principal Publications: Key Problems of SociologicalTheory, Race Community and Conflict, Colonial Immigrants in a British City, Race Relations in Sociological Theory, Race and Ethnicity, Editor with M. Guibernau, The Polity Reader, Ethnic Minorities in the Modern Nation State, Editor with G. Singh, The Governance of Multicultural Societies.

Carol Schmid is Professor of Sociology at Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, North Carolina. She is the author of several articles on the intersection of language, ethnic relations, and law. Her most recent book is The Politics of Language: Conflict, Identity and Cultural Pluralism in Comparative Perspective (Oxford 2001). During Spring semester 2003 she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Latvia in Riga, where she taught graduate classes on nationalism and the sociology of language. She has conducted research in Latvia, Canada, including Quebec, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States on immigrant and language minorities.

Arta Snipe, lawyer, LLM in EU and international law. Her master's thesis was entitled “Financing of Political Parties: Effectiveness of Regulation—the Latvian Example” (2003). She has publications in the fields of party financing and corruption.

Brigita Zepa is Professor in the Department of Sociology of University of Latvia and director of Baltic Institute of Social Sciences. She has numerous publications on language, citizenship, education and integration policy in Latvia. She has recently completed two studies: “Ethnic Tolerance and Integration of the Latvian Society” and “Integration of Minority Youth in the Society of Latvia in the Context of the Education Reform.”