Knjižnica Filozofskog fakulteta
Sveučilišta u Zagrebu
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Institutional Repository

Ethnicity and Development. An Essay on Ethnic Identity and Social Development


Downloads per month over past year

Grbić, Jadranka. (1993). Ethnicity and Development. An Essay on Ethnic Identity and Social Development. Etnološka tribina, 23(16). pp. 57-72. ISSN 0351-1944

PDF (Croatian)
Download (1MB) | Preview


The aim of this paper is to find out the ways in which modern ethnological and anthropological science treats the phenomenon of ethnic identity, and whether there is any relationship between ethnic identity and social development. The theories that approach ethnicity as a natural category are discussed first and then those that approach it as a subjective category. The most recent tendencies that deal with the correlation of ethnic identity and global power relations are also presented. The author agrees with the opinion that ethnic identity is one of the factors of organized common life of a community. It encompasses a range of elements but basically it is founded on the feeling of affiliation and loyalty to a particural community (where a subjective dimension could be seen). It also includes different cultural elements that reflect individual expression of cultural patterns of the members of a community (objective dimension). The author also claims that the way of shaping the identity goes from the immanent human need for holding in common and affiliation, to ethnicity as the most prominent of all of identity is in direct correlation with general social development from band to modern national state.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 11:23
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 11:23

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item