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Rhetorics of InsecurityBelonging and Violence in the Neoliberal Era$
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Zeynep Gambetti and Marcial Godoy-Anativia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708439

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708439.001.0001

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Does Globalization Breed Ethnic Violence?

Does Globalization Breed Ethnic Violence?

(p.175) Chapter Seven Does Globalization Breed Ethnic Violence?
Rhetorics of Insecurity

Georgi M. Derluguian

NYU Press

This chapter examines the question of whether globalization breeds ethnic violence, with a focus on the former Soviet Union. It argues that class matters crucially in explaining today's ethnic conflicts. Drawing on Immanuel Wallerstein's world-systems perspective, it obtains a meaningful explanation to the question of why the collapse of developmentalist state projects produced a massive recoil to peripheral patterns. It uses the concepts of habitus and social capital developed by Pierre Bourdieu to bring back into the focus of analysis the class dimension of global social organization. By showing how Bourdieu's variety of class analysis might apply to the realities of Eastern Europe before and after the collapse of communist rule, the chapter also demonstrates the utility of this approach to the contemporary world.

Keywords:   globalization, ethnic violence, former Soviet Union, developmentalist state projects, habitus, social capital, social class, social organization, Immanuel Wallerstein, Pierre Bourdieu

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