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Family Matters: Community, Ethnicity, And Multiculturalism

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This chapter discusses and questions the concepts which play an important role in the theoretical framework of community studies, such as community, identity, nation and nation state, ethnicity, and multiculturalism. It is argued that the idea of family resemblances should form the basis of any comparison, and that the circumstances in which these concepts are being expressed should be studied first, instead of using a checklist in order to establish them. Baumann points out that the multicultural triangle consists of three major corners. First there is the state, in particular the so-called modern state or western nation state. The second corner of multiculturalism is the idea that ethnicity is the same as cultural identity. The third corner of multiculturalism is religion. The points of the present-day multicultural triangle are about nationality as culture, ethnicity as culture, and religion as culture.

Keywords: Baumann; community studies; ethnicity as culture; family resemblance; multiculturalism; religious culture; western nation state



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