The Ethnic Phenomenon
A gem of a book for scholars in race and ethnic relations and sociobiology. . . . Van den Berghe analyzes various forms that race and ethnic relations have displayed including colonial empires, slavery, middleman minorities, caste systems, and assimilation. The causes and consequences of these systems are brilliantly teased out employing historical and crosscultural examples. Libraries with any work at all on race and ethnic relations or sociobiology should acquire this book. Choice
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its small size ( some 32 , 000 square kilometers ) suggests . Lacking defensible
boundaries , and being a rich prize and a strategic path of invasion , Belgium ,
unlike Switzerland , was repeatedly conquered , fought over and incorporated in
The political split was between liberals and conservatives , a cleavage which , in
Belgium , revolved principally around religion . Since Belgium has always been
overwhelmingly Catholic ( over 95 % , not including the “ guest workers , " many ...
followed World War II , it is now considered bad manners in Belgium to express
class snobbery through the ostentatious use of French as a prestige language .
The " language question ” has thus lost much of its earlier classbound bitterness .
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