Recent research


NATION-STATE FORMATION, ETHNIC EXCLUSION AND WAR (see also the new book on the topic )

 

A first group of projects analyzes the emergence of the nation-state, its subsequent diffusion across the world, and the consequences for the dynamics of war and peace. I offer a historical, institutionalist account of this process, according to which the nation-state model diffuses wherever nationalists are empowered, independent of local modernization processes. Once adopted, it provides incentives to politicize ethnicity, which in weak states with weak civil societies leads to ethnic exclusion and thus to violent conflict within and between nationalizing states. Most projects are based on the collection of new quantitative data that cover the entire world and involved extensive collaboration with other researchers.

 


NATION-STATE FORMATION (read more)

 

asdf Hiers and Wimmer. “Is nationalism the cause or consequence of imperial breakdown?”, in Hall and Malesevic (eds.), Nationalism and War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013

asdf Kroneberg and Wimmer. "Struggling over the boundaries of belonging. A formal model of nation building, ethnic closure, and populism", in AJS 118(1):176-230, 2012

sdf Best Article Award of the European Academy of Sociology

sdf Anatol-Rapoport Award (co-winner) of the Modeling and Simulation Section of the German Sociological Association

sdf Best Article Award from the Rationality and Society Section of ASA

sdf Best Article Award (honorable mention) of the International Network of Analytical Sociologists

Image Wimmer and Feinstein. "The rise of the nation-state across the world, 1816-2001", in ASR 75(5):764-790, 2010

sdf Best Article Award of the Comparative Historical Sociology Section of ASA

download "A Swiss anomaly? A relational account of national boundary making", in Nations and Nationalism 17(4):718-737, 2011

 


ETHNIC EXCLUSION AND WAR (read more)  

 

asdf Wimmer, Cederman and Min. "Ethnic politics and armed conflict. A configurational analysis of a new global dataset", in ASR 74(2):316-337, 2009

Image Appendix with coding rules and additional tables

sd Access the Ethnic Power Relations dataset here

sdf Cederman, Wimmer and Min. "Why do ethnic groups rebel? New data and analysis", in World Politics 62(1):87-119, 2010

sdf Wimmer and Min. "From empire to nation-state. Explaining wars in the modern world, 1816-2001", in ASR 71(6):867-897, 2006

s Best Article Award of the Comparative Historical Sociology Section of ASA

s Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award of the Political Sociology Section of ASA

none The war dataset is introduced in: Wimmer and Min. "The location and purpose of wars around the world. A new global dataset, 1816-2001", in International Interactions 35(4), 2009

sd Access the War by Location and Purpose dataset here

 


ETHNIC BOUNDARIES AND NETWORKS (see also the new book on the topic )

 

A first group of projects analyzes the emergence of the nation-state, its subsequent diffusion across the world, and the consequences for the dynamics of war and peace. I offer a historical, institutionalist account of this process, according to which the nation-state model diffuses wherever nationalists are empowered, independent of local modernization processes. Once adopted, it provides incentives to politicize ethnicity, which in weak states with weak civil societies leads to ethnic exclusion and thus to violent conflict within and between nationalizing states. Most projects are based on the collection of new quantitative data that cover the entire world and involved extensive collaboration with other researchers.

 

 

ETHNIC BOUNDARY MAKING (read more)  

 

s “Elementary strategies of ethnic boundary making”, in Ethnic and Racial Studies 31(6):1025-1055, 2008

http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/soc/faculty/wimmer/WimmerMakingUnmaking.pdf "The making and unmaking of ethnic boundaries. A multi-level process theory", in AJS 113(4): 970–1022, 2008

s Theory Prize of the Theory Section of the ASA

s Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article (honoroble mention) of the Cultural Sociology Section of ASA

s “Herder’s heritage and the boundary-making approach. Studying ethnicity in immigrant societies”, Sociological Theory 27(3):244-270, 2009

 

 

BOUNDARIES IN SOCIAL NETWORKS (read more)  

 

Page Wimmer and Lewis. "Beyond and below race. ERG models of a friendship network documented on Facebook", in AJS 116(2)583-642, 2010

s Best Article Award of the Mathematical Sociology Section of ASA

nothing The Facebook dataset is described in: Lewis, Kaufman, Gonzalez, Wimmer and Christakis. “Tastes, ties, and time: a new social network dataset using Facebook.com”, in Social Networks 30:330-342, 2008