On this page we have collected some discussions and suggested readings on
terms associated with the study of migration and ethnicity. Note that
these threads deal mostly with general terminology in past and present
usage. For discussions dealing more specifically with terms denoting group
identity see our identity issues page.
1) What are the promising sides of linking caste and race. How has this analogy played a role in comparative historical scholarship on racial hierarchies?
2) What are the hazards of this analogy. How has recent historical scholarship borne on the relative importance of modern ideologies of biological determinism in the maintenance of racial hierarchies and caste structures?
When did "ethnic group" rather than "race" come into use, either academic or popular?
H-Ethnic members suggest a few readings.
Does immigration with a specific destination, such as to the United States, constitute a diaspora? Is there such a thing as the Irish diaspora, Italian diaspora, or German diaspora? Does the word connote victimization, or some other aspect of a group identity or mentalite?
Is diaspora less a sub-category of migrant community and more a subjective understanding of the experience of migration? Response to H-ethnic re John Radzilowski's review of The Penguin Atlas of Diasporas by Gerard Chaliand and Jean-Pierre Rageau.
Are there studies that problematize in a more abstract way the relations between nation- states and diasporas; how the existence of these communities conflict with our traditional idea about the nation-state and what efforts sending states make to deal with this?
What is the origin and original meaning of the term "melting pot"?
What is the origin and original meaning of the term "model minority"?
H-Ethnic replies and suggests readings.
Can anyone define "pluralism" and "diversity" and give the difference implied in the meanings of the two terms?
Is regionalism related to ethnicity?