Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Winter.gifElke Winter

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
University of Ottawa

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Elke Winter is interested in issues of immigration, ethnicity, multiculturalism, and national identity in Canada/Québec and Europe. She has published on the idea of "race" in early German sociology and on Max Weber's contribution to the sociology of ethnic relations. Her most recent book (UTP, 2011) studies the triangular relations between the national majority, established minorities, and immigration-related diversity in Canada. Currently, she is working on a new project examining the redefinition of naturalization and citizenship policies in Europe and North America. Dr. Winter is interested in supervising graduate student research projects addressing these or similar issues in the fields of migration, interethnic diversity, and nation-building.


  • "Race"/racism, nation-building, immigration, pluralism, citizenship
  • Canada/Québec, Western Europe
  • Interpretative methodologies, discourse analysis
  • Social theory, historical sociology, comparative sociology, sociology of ethnic relations