Researching Ethnicity and Ethnic Politics Using a Single Case Study Method

Abstract

This case is a study on ethnic politics in Ethiopia, using an interpretive methodology in the present context of the growing importance of ethnicity in politics across the globe. It primarily focuses on the ways in which a single case study on ethnicity and politics could be empirically performed. The case helps to understand the advantages and challenges of a single case study method in researching political mobilization and claim-making through identity and belonging formation. In addition, it discusses practical challenges one may navigate through during fieldwork on ethnic politics.

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