This chapter shows that an ethnic identity category as defined above can be reformulated as a combination of elements from a fixed set. Based on this simple reformulation, it proposes a new combinatorial framework for thinking about ethnic identity and ethnic identity change. This framework builds on one key property of ethnic identities: the shortterm fixedness of the descent-based attributes that constitute ethnic identities. This allows us to express an ethnic identity category as a combination of elements from a fixed set and therefore to translate the mechanisms by which ethnic identities change into the language of combinatorial mathematics. This framework makes it possible for the first time to describe the complexity of a constructivist world, with its large identity repertoires, in multiple dimensions, that differ across individuals and populations, in a way that is amenable to theory building.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - Jan 24 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)