Ethnic Groups in Conflict by Donald L. Horowitz, ISBN-13: 978-0520058804

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Ethnic Groups in Conflict by Donald L. Horowitz, ISBN-13: 978-0520058804

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  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (February 24, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • 712 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0520058801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520058804

Change the way you look at the world.

Drawing material from dozens of divided societies, Donald L. Horowitz constructs his theory of ethnic conflict, relating ethnic affiliations to kinship and intergroup relations to the fear of domination. A groundbreaking work when it was published in 1985, the book remains an original and powerfully argued comparative analysis of one of the most important forces in the contemporary world.

If one carefully reads this book–and it certainly takes a dedicated, and systematic reading–one will come away changed. Horowitz systematically analyses the primordial and imperialist origins of group comparison, the politicizing of group cleavages–fueled by imperial favoritism–and, the politicizing of the military. (A great companion to Huntington’s work on politics and the military.) And, in his conclusion, Horowitz shows the possible solutions to group conflict–economic specialization or specialized voting rules.

This book gives the reader a special insight into the logic of ethnic group behavior. It is full of highly cited examples, ranging for the Yorba to the Tamils. Anyone interested in politics, nationalism, Africa, Asia, imperialism and, even, economics and the effects of alternative voting rules, ought to take the time and effort of reading this classic volume.

Donald L. Horowitz is the James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University. He is the author of The Courts and Social Policy (1977), winner of the Louis Brownlow Award of the National Academy of Public Administration; The Jurocracy (1977), a book about government lawyers; Coup Theories and Officers’ Motives: Sri Lanka in Comparative Perspective (1980); Ethnic Groups in Conflict (1985, 2000); A Democratic South Africa? Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (1991), winner of the Ralph Bunche Award of the American Political Science Association; and The Deadly Ethnic Riot (2001). Horowitz has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School and the Central European University as well as a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, at the Law Faculty of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. In 2001, he was Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and in 2001-2002, he was a Carnegie Scholar. In 2009, he was presented with the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration Section of the International Studies Association. Horowitz is currently writing a book about constitutional design, particularly for divided societies, a subject on which he has advised in a number of countries. In 2010-11, he was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center. In 2011-12, he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace and in 2013, he will be a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993, he served as president of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy from 2007 to 2010. In 2011, Horowitz was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Flemish-speaking Free University of Brussels.

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