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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Supra-Ethnic Nationalism: The Case of Eritrea
Author:Bereketeab, RedieISNI
Year:2002
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:6
Issue:2
Pages:137-152
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Eritrea
Northeast Africa
Subjects:nationalism
ethnicity
nation
Ethnic and Race Relations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
politics
Cultural identity
ethnic groups
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487330
Abstract:The prevalence of multiethnic groups in a socially recognized and confined territory implies the existence of two levels of identity - subnational (ethnic) and national (civic). The first refers to a particularistic cultural identity, the second to an overarching supraethnic, civic, national identity. Since its territorial genesis, Eritrea has incorporated nine ethnolinguistic groups which pay allegiance to their territorially based civic identity as well as to their ethnolinguistic affiliation and belonging. The various ethnolinguistic groups undertook the struggle for national independence on the premise of a common, overriding, civic identity. The basis of nationhood in Eritrea is civic. Polyethnicity need not be a constraint to the formation of nations and nationalism. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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