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CAW: From Ethnic Groups to Nationalities and Nations

led by Andrew Grant, UCLA Dept. of Geography

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
10367 Bunche Hall

Scrutinizing the Bases of Cohesion in Central Asia.

Encompassing a topographically difficult terrain and a historically shifting population, the map of Central Asia allows for a great diversity of life ways, languages, and identifications.
In this module, CAW will explore theories behind group formation from both broader theoretical paradigms and fieldwork grounded in the region.


I. Barth, Fredrik. 1969. Introduction, in “Ethnic groups and boundaries. The social organization of culture difference.” Little, Brown. pp 9-37.

II. Smith, Anthony. 1987. TBA selection, in The ethnic origins of nations. New York: B. Blackwell.


Supplementary Readings:

Benedict, Anderson. 2006. Imagined Communities. New York: Verso.
Gellner, Ernst. 1983. Nations and Nationalism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Herder,  Johann G and Forster, Michael N. 2002. "Treatise on the Origin of Language" in Philosophical Writings. Cambridge University Press.
Hobsbawm. 1990. Nations and Nationalism since 1780. Cambridge University Press.
Renan, Ernest. 1882. What is a Nation?


The Central Asia Workshop is an interdisciplinary discussion group sponsored by the UCLA Program on Central Asia. The goal of the workshop is to encourage graduate student research on Central Asia by creating a space where students and interested faculty can discuss research, theory and ideas with others who have experience or interest in the region. The workshop is a forum for exploring recent research and classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives that inform work in Central Asia. Weekly discussions are led by members on a rotating basis, and topics are determined by group interests.

Meetings will be held on scheduled Tuesdays 12:30-2:00 pm.

For information about joining the Central Asia Workshop, contact Hannah Reiss at

Sponsor(s): Program on Central Asia

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