September 12, 2018
Ethnic/racial groups divided by real differences in:
Dynamics of real ethnic/racial groups drives politics
Why do ethnic groups persist in absence of major cultural differences while other groupings with major cultural differences remain irrelevant?
There are different ethnic identities available to the same people: which are relevant?
constructivism is not a unified theory
a group of theories/definitions that agree:
ethnicity/race is an identity that is based on descent
instrumentalist theory of race/ethnicity:
a constructivist theory that suggests:
individuals are motivated by economic and political gains
ethnic groups are an easy way to organize and coordinate to win elections, mobilize to improve benefits/business
because ethnicity is changable and shared traditions invented
ethnic groups change quickly as people (rationally) make them large enough to win elections/business, but small enough to maximize the benefit to each member (minimum winning coalition)
Ethnic groups can change whenever political and economic incentives change