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Ethnicity, Inc.

Title: Ethnicity, Inc.: The Zulu Kingdom Awaits You
Author: Comaroff, John
Co-authors: Jean Comaroff
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL
Copyright: 2009
ISSN/ISBN: 226114724

In Ethnicity, Inc., John L. and Jean Comaroff explore a range of intriguing, disturbing, even absurd phenomena to analyze a new moment in the history of human identity: its rampant commodification. Ethno-theme parks; Native American casinos, Scotland the brand; a world religion declared to be intellectual property; San "Bushmen" with patent rights potentially worth millions of dollars; nations acting as commercial enterprises; and the growth of marketing firms that target specific ethnic populations are just some of the diverse examples that fall under the Comaroffs' incisive scrutiny. Through them, they trace the contradictory effects of neoliberalism as it transforms identities and social being across the globe. This is a penetrating account of the ways in which ethnic populations are remaking themselves in the image of the corporation - while corporations coopt ethnic practices to open up new markets are regimes of consumption. Intellectually rigorous but leavened with wit, Ethnicity, Inc.  is a powerful, highly original portrayal of a new world being born in a tectonic collision of culture, capitalism, and identity.

Language: English
Pages: 236
Copies at the Archive: 1

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