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Harrison, Simon (1992) RITUAL AS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. MAN, 27 (2). pp. 225-244. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This article discusses the existence of property rights in ritual symbolism, focusing particularly on disputes over these rights. A universe of such rights is comparable in certain respects to a prestige economy such as the Kula system. They both manifest the same conception of property as a symbolic representation of persons. Both involve contests for the control of high-status forms of property, between political actors competing for prestige and legitimacy. Some illustrations are given of the uses of this perspective in analysing processes of change in ritual systems.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
ID Code:1581
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:20
Last Modified:18 Nov 2013 11:14

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