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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Minorities: Empirical and Political-Theoretical Reflections on a Cunning Concept
Minorities: empirical and political-theoretical reflections on a cunning concept
Schirin Amir-Moazami
What Counts as a ‘Minority'?

To begin with an approximate definition, etymologically, the term minority is rooted in medieval Latin (minōritās). It referred first to religious groups that were numerically smaller, distinct from, and considered inferior to, the Roman Catholic Church. The three elements – numeric, distinctive, and minor – still run through contemporary political definitions of minorities. Minority can thus refer to fractions or groups that are or are constructed as racially, ethnically, religiously, sexually, or politically different from a numerically larger group, and it can refer to a state of being minor in the sense of inferior. Even if numeric ...

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