As is clear from events taking place in Eastern Europe and elsewhere in the world in the 1990s, ethnic disputes have become a central feature of politics. An obvious factor behind such conflict is the greater political assertiveness of ‘ethnic groups’. Hence, a proper understanding of what the term ‘ethnic group’ means is an important research priority. A related question is why, in the last quarter of the twentieth century, we have witnessed political mobilisation of ethnic groups in all parts of the globe, including those groups considered in this volume. A proper understanding of the causes of ethnic political mobilisation and conflict is crucial, and we must move beyond simplistic discussions of ‘ancient hatreds’ to search for more systematic explanations.


Ethnic Group Ethnic Identity Relative Deprivation Plural Society Ethnic Conflict 
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