Race, Ethnicity, Religion

Courtney Jung

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Race, Ethnicity, Religion


This article examines the relevance of religion, ethnicity, and race in political analysis. It discusses the relation between political power and constructivism and evaluates the influence of the politics of race, ethnicity, and religion on democratic consolidation. It explains that political scientists and other observers of contemporary politics treat race, ethnicity, and religion as problems and they believe such social categories threaten the survival of democratic political institutions and the fabric of national society. It also proposes solutions to the problems caused by social heterogeneity in order to ensure the survival of democracy.

Keywords: political analysis; religion; race; ethnicity; political power; constructivism; democracy; political institutions; social heterogeneity

Article.  7296 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics

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