Ethnicity and migration in the study of societies and polities

The Centre co-ordinates and promotes the study of ethnicity

The Centre of Ethnicity and Citizenship, based within the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, recognises the importance of ethnicity and citizenship to the study of contemporary societies and polities, and to prospects for social justice and social cohesion.

The centre has an international reputation – frequently referred to as 'the Bristol school' – for its work on multiculturalism, religious identity, Muslim minorities, governance, citizenship, integration, and ethnic inequalities. It combines research into political discourses and socio-economic structures with an interest in everyday practices, culture, and experience on the one hand, and normative theory on the other.

In 2019, the centre marked its 20th anniversary with a major international conference on 'Multiculturalism, Nationalism, Religions and Secularism'. The centre edits the Palgrave 'Politics of Identity and Citizenship' book series and the journal Ethnicities.

Ethnicities Journal (published by SAGE)

The very best critical, interdisciplinary dialogue on questions of ethnicity, nationalism and related issues such as identity politics and minority rights. 


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20 Years of Ethnicity Centre Research

In November 2019 we held a conference at the University of Bristol to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship. This special issue of Ethnicities brings together a set of articles by several of the keynote speakers at that conference. By doing so, it celebrates the centre's achievements and reveals how the field has changed over the last twenty years, gives a good indication of the range of the centre's current activities, and also hints at some of the directions which it may take in the future.

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