Ethnic and National Identity

A photo of a girl looking through a window in Ahmedabad. Behind her is an old man, sitting on the ground, and a plastic bucket. By her right arm is a grating covered in padlocks.

A women peers through the makeshift zaali (window) at the Gilani Peer Dargah in Ahmedabad. (Photo courtesy of lecercle on Flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA.)


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21A.102 / (formerly 21A.226)

As Taught In

Fall 2011



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An introduction to the cross-cultural study of ethnic and national identity. We examine the concept of social identity, and consider the ways in which gendered, linguistic, religious, and ethno-racial identity components interact. We explore the history of nationalism, including the emergence of the idea of the nation-state, as well as ethnic conflict, globalization, identity politics, and human rights.

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Jean Jackson. 21A.102 Ethnic and National Identity. Fall 2011. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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