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Self-definition does not occur in a vacuum, but in a world already defined. As such it invariably fragments the larger identity space of which its subjects were previously a part. (Friedman 1992: 837)
Cultural Boundaries and Social Boundaries: Élites and Social Exclusion
My argument raises the problem of identifying the situations in which social groups and actors employ particular kinds of cultural boundary discourses. It is important to discover why, for instance, communities may be preoccupied with perceptions of cultural pollution in some circumstances or in relation to certain kinds of cultural Others, and why they sometimes mobilise themselves collectively through discourses of cultural appropriation instead (or employ both sorts of discursive imagery together, or perhaps even some other kinds). Self-definition does not occur in a vacuum, but in a world already defined. As such it invariably fragments the larger identity space of which its subjects were previously a part. (Friedman 1992: 837) Cultural Boundaries and Social Boundaries:
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