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7: Group Membership and Identity

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    This chapter deals with a complex topic that has generated much scholarly debate. The following questions and tasks will get you started on the road to understanding the issues.

    1. Give a one-sentence definition of ethnicity. List some features often associated with ethnicity. Identify some other terms that also might suggest ethnicity?
    2. Why do many scholars now think it is incorrect to define ethnicity in terms of shared culture? How do they now prefer to define it?
    3. If race is not biological category, and it is not a cultural category, what is it? How does Appiah prove that racial identification is not necessarily a cultural affair?
    4. In what way do social classes seem to exhibit cultural differences?
    5. What is the difference between a country, a nation, and a nation-state? How is a nation like an ethnic group, and how is it different?
    6. Identify two forms of nationalism. How are they similar and how are they different? What does the work of Theiss-Morse teach us about American national identity?

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