ISSN (printed): 1463-1369. ISSN (electronic): 1469-2953.
Asian Ethnicity will provide a cross-disciplinary, international venue for the publication of well-researched articles about ethnic groups and ethnic relations in the half of the world where questions of ethnicity now loom largest. Currently these questions are treated in a balkanized fashion, with anthropologists, economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists and others publishing studies of ethnic questions in Asia in single-discipline, or single-country, journals that are scarcely known to scholars in other disciplines. As the twentieth century nears an end, ethnic issues assume importance in many parts of the world presenting major problems with, in some cases, the potential to tear recognised states apart. Since the end of the Cold War these issues have replaced the communist-liberal democratic divide, and are now recognised as among the most important sources of concern and contention in the world as a whole. Asian countries have a great many minorities, and at times this has led to serious civil strife. Although not new, such conflict has generally become more intense in the post-Cold War period. It should, however, be added that the journal will not be concerned only with conflict. Since one of the most interesting and significant points about minorities is that their members frequently reside in more than one political state, it is not possible to list the countries to be encompassed by this journal. In broad terms the region of concern is bounded by Lake Baikal to the north, Japan to the east, Java to the south and the Aral Sea to the west. The most populous, and probably most significant, contemporary political states to be included would be China, India and Indonesia. Asian Ethnicity will be broad-ranging and include ethnology, anthropology, political science, history, economics, human and economic geography, demography, language, literature, the arts, religious studies, and international relations. It will cover any time period, although the expectation is that the greatest focus will be the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. More particular topics might include: the rise and implications of ethnic identities among Asian minorities; theoretical issues relating to minorities, either in many of the regions covered by the journal or in one of the political states within it; anthropological studies of particular minorities within the physical boundaries specified, either in a single or in more than one political state; the effect of religion on the livelihood or economy of particular minorities or of minorities living in a particular political state; ethnic gender studies, especially of women; theoretical issues arising from the study of Asiaís minorities; population studies of minorities and the effect of minorities on the international relations of a particular political state, either past or present.
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