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The politics of resemblance: Ethnicity, trademarks, head-hunting

Harrison, Simon (2002) The politics of resemblance: Ethnicity, trademarks, head-hunting. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, 8 (2). pp. 211-232. [Journal article]

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This article questions the assumption that shared culture, or affiliation to shared cultural symbols, is necessarily a source of social cohesion, and that ethnic divisions are associated specifically with perceptions or attributions of difference. I argue that shared cultural symbolism can give rise to competition over its ownership or use, and that this competition can play an important role in defining ethnic boundaries, by creating what might be called relationships of conflictual resemblance between the two sides. Such conflicts are analogous in a number of respects to disputes over the ownership and use of commercial trademarks, and reveal the same underlying conceptions of `proprietary' identity.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
ID Code:1566
Deposited By: Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:18
Last Modified:18 Nov 2013 10:07

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