The Symbolic Construction of Community
By (author) Anthony P. Cohen
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Symbolic Construction of Community by Anthony P. Cohen
Book DescriptionAnthony Cohen makes a distinct break with earlier approaches to the study of community, which treated the subject in largely structural terms. His view is interpretive and experiential, seeing the community as a cultural field with a complex of symbols whose meanings vary among its members. He delineates a concept applicable to local and ethnic communities through which people see themselves as belonging to society. The emphasis on boundary is sensitive to the circumstances in which people become aware of the implications of belonging to a community, and describes how they symbolise and utilise these boundaries to give substance to their values and identities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415046169
(198mm x 129mm x 6mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Jun-1985
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anthony P. Cohen
Signifying Identities, Hardback (October 1999)
The question of how identity is formed is a central question within anthropology, but just as significant is the concept of boundaries. This book examines the ways in which relations between different social groups are underpinned by each group's perceptions of their distinctive identities.
Questions of Consciousness, Paperback (November 1995)
A study which attempts to formulate an anthropological approach to consciousness. This text explores the importance of the conscious self, and of the "conscious collectively", in the construction and interpretation of social relations and process.
Self Consciousness, Paperback (October 1994)» View all books by Anthony P. Cohen
Establishes the importance of the individual, emphasizing the need to understand individuals' awareness of themselves and their creation of their own social contexts and conditions. This work proposes that anthropological fields should be approached from the self upwards.
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