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Diversity, Violence, and Recognition

Elisabeth King and Cyrus Samii


When considering strategies to address violent conflict, an enduring debate concerns the wisdom of recognizing versus avoiding reference to ethnic identities. This book asks: Under what conditions do governments manage internal violent conflicts by formally recognizing different ethnic identities? Moreover, what are the implications for peace? Introducing the concept of “ethnic recognition,” and building on a theory rooted in ethnic power configurations, the book examines the merits, risks, and trade-offs of publicly recognizing ethnic groups in state institutions as compared to not doing so, ... More

Keywords: ethnicity, ethnic conflict, ethnic recognition, civil war, institutions, peace agreements, constitutions, minorities, peace, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197509456
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197509456.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisabeth King, author
Associate Professor of Politics, NYU

Cyrus Samii, author
Associate Professor of Politics, NYU