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4 TYPES OF SYMBOLIC CONFLICT

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Harrison, Simon (1995) 4 TYPES OF SYMBOLIC CONFLICT. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, 1 (2). pp. 255-272. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to derive a theory of political symbolism from an analysis of symbolic conflict. By symbolic conflict I mean that dimension of political conflict which focuses on the manipulation of symbols. Drawing on a range of ethnographic examples, I argue that symbolic conflict is a type of competition for what Bourdieu calls symbolic capital, and that it can tab four prototypical forms: it can concern either the valuation of political symbols, their production, their proprietorship, or their survival as emblems of political affiliations. These correspond to the four central properties of a political symbol, which are the four ways in which such a symbol can be manipulated so as to appropriate symbolic capital.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
ID Code:1575
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:19
Last Modified:18 Nov 2013 10:45

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