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May 2017 – CCJ, Volume. 1, Pg 11-23

Ethnicity in the Middle East and Neighboring Regions: Developing Appropriate Economic Strategies and Policies

by Alf. H. Walle


Indigenous people and ethnic minorities face economic and social pressures that potentially disturb the social order, undercut cooperation, and spawn distrust.  Such pressures can threaten prosperity, peace, and security for all.  Strategies are needed that help distinctive groups gain parity, self-determinism, and sustainability.  Supplementing neoclassical economic models with more socially relevant paradigms (such as substantive economic anthropology and the triple bottom line) are means of doing so.  Regions ethnic groups are showcased to demonstrate the value of such an approach.

Keywords: Indigenous people, ethnic minorities, Berber, Kurds, Kuchi, Triple Bottom Line, anomie, cultural stress, mitigation, neoclassical economics, substantive economics.


ALF H. WALLE has moved between assignments as a consultant and as a college professor. Walle specializes in qualitative methods in marketing and consumer research and translates the techniques and perspectives of the humanities in ways that serve marketing scholars and practitioners. Although he continues to work within the context of business, he publishes in other fields such as folklore, popular culture, and literary criticism. His previous Quorum books are Qualitative Research in Intelligence and Marketing and Rethinking Marketing (both 2000)