Thomas hylland eriksen

Ethnic Groups and Boundaries Today. A Legacy of Fifty Years

Ethnic Groups and Boundaries Today. A Legacy of Fifty Years

50 years ago, "Ethnic Groups and Boundaries" (Fredrik Barth, ed.) introduced a perspective on ethnicity which focused on social boundaries rather than cultural content, moving away from the misguided idea that ethnic identities were created by "objective cultural features". This perspective has been enormously influential. To mark the anniversary with something more substantial than a toast, Marek Jakoubek and I have edited a new book, "Ethnic Groups and Boundaries Today", where some of the major theorists and researchers in the field assess the significance of the Barthian perspective with the hindsight of fifty years and within the context of their own research. As editors, we are proud and pleased with the result, but ashamed about the price of the hardcover edition. A paperback will eventually be published; meanwhile, do note that the e-book is pretty affordable.

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