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The Politics Of Resemblance: Ethnicity, Trademarks, Head‐Hunting

The Politics Of Resemblance: Ethnicity, Trademarks, Head‐Hunting 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute Wiley

The Politics Of Resemblance: Ethnicity, Trademarks, Head‐Hunting

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1359-0987
eISSN
1467-9655
DOI
10.1111/1467-9655.00001
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Abstract

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.

Journal

The Journal of the Royal Anthropological InstituteWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2002

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