Introduction: On the Uses and Implications of Constructivism

  • Paris Yeros


There is less agreement than one might expect on what is ‘constructivism’, whence it emerged, and what are its implications. In this volume, we have proceeded under the assumption that we share something basic in our approaches to ethnicity and nationalism, both in Africa and in the contemporary world more generally. Basic among the contributors is an understanding of ethnicity and nationhood as phenomena that are socially constructed, that is, as products of human thought and action. The emphasis on social construction is, above all, an ontological one, and one that stands opposed to primordialist imaginings of the world.


Ethnic Identity Political Implication Colonial Rule Interpretive Framework Normative Assumption 
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