Ethnicity, and Language as an Ethnic Identifier

  • Jacob S. Siegel


The increased saliency of ethnicity in the modern world is evident as we observe the reemergence of ethnolinguistically defined city-states, the conflicts of ethnolinguistic groups within many nation-states, the increasing prominence of ethnic identity in the national politics of many countries, and the strong opposition of the ethnically dominant population in some countries to immigrant populations, who are seen as a security threat and as assimilating too slowly to the dominant culture. To understand the ethnolinguistic differences that divide our populations today, we need to explore the many facets of ethnicity and, in particular, the linkages between ethnicity, language, nationalism, religion, and race.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob S. Siegel
    • 1
  1. 1.North BethesdaUSA

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