3 Ethnic identity

It was I, not he, who was teased by the flux of his identity: by the light or half-repressed Islam of all these lands, their diminished loyalty to clan or tribe, their Soviet veneer, their shallow-rooted sense of nation.

(Thubron, 1994: 355)

ETHNICK a. Heathen; Pagan.

(Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, Studio Edition 1994)

Ethnic ME [ad. Gr. έθνιкóς heathen, f. έθνoς nation; τάέθη = the (non-Israelitish) nations, Gentiles.]

(The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles 3rd edition vol. I A-M 1967)

Introduction

According to a number of commentators, including Taylor (1993: 191–228) and A.D. Smith (1995: vii), the resurgence of ethno-national conflicts beginning in western Europe in the ...

Get Language, Identity and Conflict now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.