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The Moral Economies of Ethnic and Nationalist Claims

Bringing together international experts on ethnicity and nationalism, this book argues that competing moral economies play an important role in ethnic and nationalist conflict. Its authors investigate how the beliefs and practices that normatively regulate and legitimize the distribution of wealth, power, and status in a society – moral economies – are being challenged in identity-based communities in ways that precipitate or exacerbate conflicts. The combination of theoretical chapters and case studies ranging from Africa and Asia to North America provides compelling evidence for the value of moral economy analysis in understanding problems associated with ethnic and nationalist mobilization and conflict.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Moral Economies of Ethnic and Nationalist Claims / Bruce J. Berman and Stephen J. Larin

1 Moral Economy, Hegemony, and Moral Ethnicity: The Cultural Politics of Modernity / Bruce J. Berman

2 Majimboism and Kenya’s Moral Economy of Ethnic Territoriality / Gabrielle Lynch

3 Rights, Wrongs, and Reciprocity: Change and Continuity among Kenyan Maasai / Lotte Hughes

4 “Economic Man in East Africa”: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Moral Economy in Tanzania / Emma Hunter

5 China: The Moral Economy of Empire / André Laliberté

6 Establishing a Buddhist Economy in Thailand: Competing Perspectives on Moral Economy in State and Society / Manuel Litalien

7 From Patron-Clientelism to Ethnonationalism: Moral Economy and Transitions in Palestinian Arab Elite Political Mobilization in Israel / Oded Haklai

8 Modernity, the Canadian State, and the Shifting Politics of Ethnocultural Claims Making / Yasmeen Abu-Laban

9 Aboriginal Identities, Moral Economies, and the Canadian Settler State / Leslie Doucet

Conclusion: Moral Economy and the Analysis of Ethnic and Nationalist Politics / André Laliberté and Stephen J. Larin


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