Bryn Mawr Professor Marc Ross wins book award from International Studies Association

Posted March 5th, 2009 at 12:05 pm.

rossmarcAt the 2009 International Studies Association’s annual convention this February, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science Marc Ross received the Best Book Award from the Association’s Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section.

The award-winning book, Cultural Contestation in Ethnic Conflict, is part of a series titled Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics published by Cambridge University Press. In it, Ross considers ways in which ethnic conflict “focuses on culturally charged symbols and rituals that evoke strong emotions from all sides.” Citing examples such as the conflicts over Islamic headscarves in France, parades in Northern Ireland, holy sites in Jerusalem, and Confederate flags in the American South, he proposes a psychocultural framework for understanding ethnic conflict, as well as barriers to, and opportunities for, its mitigation.

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