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In the Introduction, I referred to a key leitmotif in contemporary social science: namely, the conception of social identities as relational phenomena, constructed through acts of division. According to this view, an identity is never in some sense self-suficient, but is always linked to an Other — real or imagined, overt or covert — against which it is defined. This Other, so central to the constitution of the Self, may, for instance, comprise images of an exoticised East (Said 1978) or representations of the 'primitive' against which the West has counterposed itself historically as 'civilised' (Fabian 1983; Kuper 1988). It may be one's own community imagined at an earlier period in history, as Hastrup has shown for contemporary Icelanders (1995: 107-17). To Atatürk and his fellow Turkish modernisers, the Ottoman past which they sought to disown as backward had a similar signi.cance (Yoruk 1997). Difference as Superiority In the Introduction, I referred to a key leitmotif in contemporary social science: namely, the conception of social identities as relational phenomena, constructed through acts of division. According to this view, an i
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