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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
The Invention of Ethnicity is obviously and admittedly shaped after Hobsbawm's and Ranger's Invention of Tradition, published in 1986, when the essays in this volume were finished. In the meantime, much of what Sollors argues for in his editor's introduction has become accepted knowledge under the general heading of the constructedness of identity and subjectivity. If, however, the book has not, as might appear probable at first sight, been overtaken and made obsolete by the very success of the views it advocates -- if the reverse, rather, seems to be true and to justify a belated discussion in these pages -- this is so because it also affords one an opportunity to reopen questions that may have been prematurely closed.
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