Cultural Traits and Identity

  • Ugo E. M. FabiettiEmail author


The paper focuses on how cultural traits of one “tradition” are re-used in other traditions in order to shape new identities. In this perspective, there are no such things as generic cultural traits. An analysis of cultural traits cannot be performed without a focus on the specific time and place in which traits are observed and ‘invented’. I present a perspective based on interactions among three main forces: block thinking (Gaonkar and Taylor), geocultural imagination (Hannerz), and the roles of mediascapes and ideoscapes (Appadurai). I then proposes an analysis of how these forces have worked in the construction of the new national “Baluchistan” identity and then the case of how a “genethnic” identity arose in Namibia in a context of resource competition.


Anthropology Cultural analysis Identity Imagination Genethnics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.“Riccardo Massa” Department of Educational Human SciencesUniversity of Milano - BicoccaMilanItaly

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