September 15, 2021
Moving toward “primordialism”
“The attachment to another member of one’s kinship group is not just a function of interaction… It is because a certain ineffable signicance is attributed to the tie of blood”
the psychological attachment to descent-based membership is innate in humans (Gil-White 1999)
People use the essentialist definition.
an identity where membership is based on perceived descent such that it is
Primordialist definition of ethnicity differs from essentialism:
Is this sufficient to support primordialism?
Let’s consider Waters (1994)
How do ethnic identifications among second generation change?
identification: the active process of categorizing a person as a member of a group or category
Can anybody identify as any ethnic/racial category?
What limits are there to identifying as a member of a group?