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Ethnic constructs in antiquity : the role of power and tradition


Derks, Ton; Roymans, Nico (ed.)

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Abstract This volume explores the theme of ethnicity and ethnogenesis in societies of the ancient world. Its starting point is the current view in the social and historical sciences of ethnicity as a subjective construct that is shaped through interaction with an ethnic 'other'. The 13 essays collected in this volume are based on the analysis of historical, epigraphic and archaeological source material and thematically range from Archaic Greece to Early Mediaeval Western Europe. Despite frequent claims by ethnic groups to the contrary, all ethnic formations are intrinsically unstable and dynamic over time. Much of this dynamism is to be understood in close association with conflict, violence and changing constellations of power. The explicit theoretical framework, together with the wide range of case-studies makes this volume indispensable for historians, archaeologists and social scientists with an interest in the ancient world.

Uit dertien casestudies - van gebieden uiteenlopend van het Archaïsch Griekenland tot het vroegmiddeleeuws West-Europa - blijkt dat etnische identiteiten verbonden zijn met een traditiedragende kern in de samenleving, maar tegelijk onderhevig zijn aan een dynamiek die vaak bepaald wordt door veranderende machtsconfiguraties.
Keywords ethnicity; ethnic group; cultural identity; antiquity
Classification Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology; General History
Free Keywords Archeology; Anthropology; Culture and history
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Publisher Amsterdam Univ. Press
City Amsterdam
Page/Pages 368 p.
Series Amsterdam Archaeological Studies, 13
ISBN 978-90-8964-078-9
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works