Political Science 4426F/G Lecture Notes - Ethnic Conflict, Physical Security, Civic Nationalism

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Religious affiliation as an ethnic marker, in the case of n ir. It is their national aspirations that pit them against one another. Underlying factors of internal conflict: structural factors and weak states, artificial constructs- political legitimacy, boarders, and political institutions are problematic (eg african boarders drawn by european colonizers, where state structures weaken. Security and structural considerations: physical security, cultural, economic, health, extent to which groups differ culturally, the extent to which they are advantaged or disadvantaged. Intensity in past on ongoing conflict with rival groups and the state. Ethnic geography: when ethnic groups are intermingled, it becomes difficult for a secessionist movement emerge and succeed. Quebec: legitimacy of the government (china-tibet, sri lanka and the. Cultural and historical factors discrimination against cultural minorities. Ethnic outbidding- militant claims and demands by arguing that the opponents in their own community are selling out their own interests (jean charet and french canadian interests)

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