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Every property is an extension of personality; property is that which obeys our wills, that in which our egos express, and externally realize, themselves. This expression occurs, earliest and most completely, in regard to our body, which thus is our first and most unconditional possession. (Simmel 1950: 344)
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The discourses of cultural piracy and pollution, I suggest, are best viewed as twin aspects of a single model which seems often to underlie contemporary claims concerning cultural identity. This implicit folk theory of cultural identity might be briefly summed up in the following way. First, cultural practices and symbols are in certain respects things (they are 'objectified', as Handler (1988: 14-16) puts it), and can in principle be transmitted, circulated, accumulated and so forth, much like objects. As we shall see, many cultural symbols are objects or, more precisely, practices relating to them: objects such as sacred sites, antiquities, museum objects and, indeed, national territories and ethnic homelands themselves. Every property is an extension of personality; property is that which obeys our wills, that in which our egos express, and externally realize, themselves. This expression occurs, earliest and most completely, in regard to our body, which thus is o
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