International Relations is a vibrant field of significant growth and change. This book guides students through the complexities of over 40 central concepts and core theories, relating them at all times to contemporary issues and debates.

Each concept is divided into five sections to allow rapid familiarization with the topic and provide signposts for further exploration:

Core questions to address; Definition; Theoretical perspectives; Empirical problems; Core reading and useful websites

In addition the major theories are covered by six-part entries that give a 360 degree view of the strengths, weaknesses, applications and methodologies of each one:

An introduction to the core questions; Overview and background; Methodologies; Empirical application; Central criticism; Core reading and useful websites

Clear and highly readable, Key Concepts in International Relations is an essential guide for students on politics and international relations courses.

Nationalism and Ethnicity

Nationalism and ethnicity

1. Core Questions Addressed

  • What are the different forms of imagining a political community?
  • How is nationalism linked to the development of the international society?
  • What are the normative dilemmas of thinking in terms of national and ethnic groups?

2. Definitions

Nationalism and ethnicity are two concepts that are crucial for determining the basic group identities that are relevant to international relations and indeed to political order in more general terms. Unfortunately, both terms are notoriously difficult to pin down. Broadly speaking, ethnicity refers to the attachment to a particular group that shares a common culture and heritage. It is important to emphasize that ethnicity is therefore not a natural given, but that it is a social construction (Horowitz 1985: 53). In other words, belonging ...

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