Symbols, Conflict, and Identity: Essays in Political Anthropology (Suny Series in Anthropological Studies of Contemporary Issues)

Symbols, Conflict, and Identity: Essays in Political Anthropology (Suny Series in Anthropological Studies of Contemporary Issues) by Zdzislaw Mach epub pdf fb2

Title: Symbols, Conflict, and Identity: Essays in Political Anthropology (Suny Series in Anthropological Studies of Contemporary Issues)
Author: Zdzislaw Mach
ISBN10: 0791414663
ISBN13: 978-0791414668
Publisher: State University of New York Press (July 1, 1993)
Language: English
Subcategory: Anthropology
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Symbols, Conflict, and Identity: Essays in Political Anthropology (Suny Series in Anthropological Studies of Contemporary Issues) by Zdzislaw Mach


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This book investigates cultural and social identity in contemporary complex societies, focusing especially on Eastern Europe. Mach explains the role of symbols and symbolic forms in he relations between groups and the protection and development of their identities, especially ethnic identity. He places his study within the context of social order and the structure of power, using case studies which deal especially with the significance of politics, state rituals and national identity (Great Britain, Israel, Russia, Poland); in the conflict and displacement of migrating groups (Polish and German); and in regional questions of identity and inter-ethnic relations (Poland, United States, Great Britain).

Mach presents a clear conceptual framework for analyzing the symbolic construction of identity. He views cultural identity as a dynamic, creative process which clarifies issues that are particularly significant in contemporary society, such as nationalism, new ethnicity, minority culture, and the cultural dimension of political conflicts.