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Politicizing ethnicity – ethnicizing politics Comparisons and entanglements CHRISTIAN BÜSCHGES When in the course of the year 1990 democratic elections were held for the first time in all republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, political parties with nationalist programs prevailed all over the country. The result of this electoral success was that only a year Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia had all declared their independence, while Serbia and Montenegro joined to form the new Federal Republic of

Ethnicity as a political resource Indigenous rights movements in Africa MICHAELA PELICAN Three lines of argument have been prominent in the study of ethnicity, depending on the scholarly viewpoint: first, that ethnicity is a collective identity that is based on shared meanings and cultural practices and that engenders a sense of belonging (Geertz 1963); second, that ethnicity is socially constructed and may be used or abused for political purposes (Cohen 1974; Brubaker 2002); and third, that ethnicity emerges from the interplay of different

2. Politics, Piety, and Biomedicine I love you, you pay my rent (Pet ShoP BoyS) Over the past four decades, Malaysia has experienced a rapid economic transformation with sustained growth that is probably unique in the Muslim world (Abbott and Gregorios-Pippas 2010: 135 and Peletz 2013: 605). During the same period, Islamic symbols and idioms have become a much more prominent feature of social, cultural, and political relations in the country. Therefore, in certain parts of the world, Malaysia’s “political and religious elites enjoy a reputation … for

6 Politics of the Future – Riots of the Now Temporal Horizons of Youth in Upheavals in England and Guinea Joschka Philipps intRoduction A great deal of politics seems to be about the future, and much of the future seems to be managed by politics. Political networks develop narratives and ordering mechanisms that negotiate continuity and change in societies, and attempt to manage the contingency created by an entirely elusive future. In functionally differentiated societies, Luhmann (2002: 151) suggests that the political system creates the impression

Introduction: Ethnicity as a political resource across different historical periods SARAH ALBIEZ-WIECK UNIVERSAL OR HISTORICALLY SPECIFIC? Is ethnicity a universal social categorization that has existed since the beginning of humankind or is it historically contingent, with its beginnings in a specific historical period? Scholars from various disciplines have answered this question quite differently, as do the contributors to this volume. Generally speaking, we can distinguish three groups of arguments: those in the first group assume that

Political uses of ethnicity in early medieval Europe WALTER POHL ETHNICITY AND ROMAN EXPANSION I would like to start this contribution by making a general point: the so-called ‘migration period’ in Europe at the end of Antiquity is crucial for our understanding of ethnicity in several respects.1 First, it can help to explain how the emerging modern European nations built on resources of the past that had been accumulated in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, and what that may have implied for their development. Second, attitudes

Critical Mobility Studies as a Political Middle-Ground? An Interview with Bruno Riccio You have worked within the fields of migration and border studies. Where do you see the main differences between these specialised fields, on the one hand, and the emerging field of mobility studies, on the other? How could they benefit from each other? Bruno Riccio: I have personally undertaken empirical work mainly on West Af- rican transnational migration intermittently seen in the interplay with local mi- gration policies. Compared with the debate within migration