ETHNICITY IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES A view and a review of the
... ethnic oppression, and in corresponding modes of subordinated/colonized ethnic
In recent years, UNESCO and other international agencies concerned with the
issues of ethnic identity and human rights postulate the need to "decolonize"
ethnic identity, in order to help restore ethnic dignity ...
Deterritorialization and Social Science
... – Although it could be more implicit and modest than
the ambitious theories in other disciplines in social
sciences, area study scholars elaborate, confirm, and
test the theories which could make sense to the
relationships among the elements of society, such as
a poem, a history, or a literature.
In the United States, Ethnic studies is the interdisciplinary study of difference - chiefly race, ethnicity, and nation, but also sexuality, gender, and other such markings - and power, as expressed by the state, by civil society, and by individuals. An academic field that spans the humanities and the social sciences, it emerged as an academic field in the second half of the 20th century partly in response to charges that traditional disciplines such as Anthropology, History, Literature, Sociology, Political Science, Cultural Studies, and Area Studies were conceived from an inherently Eurocentric perspective. Its origin, then, lies in the civil rights era, when Ethnic Studies was originally conceived to re-frame the way that specific disciplines had told the stories, histories, struggles and triumphs of people of color on what was seen to be their own terms. In more recent years, it has broadened its focus to include questions of representation, racialization, racial formation theory, and more determinedly interdisciplinary topics and approaches.