Ethnic groups and boundaries: the social organization of culture difference

When published in Norway nearly thirty years ago, Ethnic Groups and Boundaries marked the transition to a new era of ethnic studies Today this much cited classic is regarded as the seminal volume from which stems much current anthropological thinking about ethnicity Ethnic Groups and Boundaries opens with Barth s invaluable thirty page essay that introduces readers to imWhen published in Norway nearly thirty years ago, Ethnic Groups and Boundaries marked the transition to a new era of ethnic studies Today this much cited classic is regarded as the seminal volume from which stems much current anthropological thinking about ethnicity Ethnic Groups and Boundaries opens with Barth s invaluable thirty page essay that introduces readers to important theoretical issues in the analysis of ethnic groups Following is a collection of seven essays the results of a symposium involving a small group of Scandinavian social anthropologists intended to illustrate the application of Barth s analytical viewpoints to different sides of the problems of polyethnic organization in various ethnographic areas, including Norway, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mexico, Afghanistan, and Laos.
Ethnic groups and boundaries the social organization of culture difference When published in Norway nearly thirty years ago Ethnic Groups and Boundaries marked the transition to a new era of ethnic studies Today this much cited classic is regarded as the seminal volume from

  • Title: Ethnic groups and boundaries: the social organization of culture difference
  • Author: Fredrik Barth
  • ISBN: 9780881339796
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Born in the aftermath of a conference, Ethnic Groups and boundaries is a seminal book of social anthropology, one of the few 'classics' that still maintains its full utility today. Barth puts out a theoretical framework in his introduction (which takes a full quarter of the admittedly short book) before other contributors and Barth once more present case studies of the construction of ethnic boundaries and the factors influencing them ranging from the Fur people of Sudan to Sami in Norr-Norge. W [...]

    2. From the introduction you know you are in for a thrill. As some other reviews have noted the real pleasure comes from here. What the introduction treats us to is Fredrik Barth's essay exploring his concept of ethnic boundaries and theoretical approach to ethnic groups is a pure joy to read. As some have noted it does fall guilty of being too ahistorical and neglecting to sufficiently address issues of power. This however should not undermine the way in which it successfully moved towards an unde [...]

    3. A truly seminal work which presaged many of the tenets of social constructivism, this book is a brilliant repudiation of cultural essentialism. Instead of viewing cultures as being static, internally homogenous entities with fixed boundaries separating insider from outsider, Barth argues that collective identity is inherently relational, rooted more in subjective feelings of difference than objective group traits or behaviors.

    4. AMAZING BU professor; the father of this kind of anthropology (ethnic identity/definition at the borders). I hope have as great a mind as Barth one day!

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