4 TYPES OF SYMBOLIC CONFLICT

Simon Harrison

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    The aim of this article is to derive a theory of political symbolism from an analysis of symbolic conflict. By symbolic conflict I mean that dimension of political conflict which focuses on the manipulation of symbols. Drawing on a range of ethnographic examples, I argue that symbolic conflict is a type of competition for what Bourdieu calls symbolic capital, and that it can tab four prototypical forms: it can concern either the valuation of political symbols, their production, their proprietorship, or their survival as emblems of political affiliations. These correspond to the four central properties of a political symbol, which are the four ways in which such a symbol can be manipulated so as to appropriate symbolic capital.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages255-272
    JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
    Volume1
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 1995

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    Harrison, Simon. / 4 TYPES OF SYMBOLIC CONFLICT. In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 1995 ; Vol. 1, No. 2. pp. 255-272.
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