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Ethnic groups and boundaries: the social organization of culture difference

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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 im ...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Waveland Press (first published 1969)
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Shane Wallis
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 ...more
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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 ...more
Paul
Mar 11, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
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.
Julia Bainbridge
Mar 13, 2007 Julia Bainbridge rated it it was amazing
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!
Marie Østvold
An interesting read by my favourite norwegian anthropologist.
Ike
Jul 20, 2008 Ike rated it really liked it
Really, one should just read the introduction.
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