Shared norms and the evolution of ethnic markers

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Anthropology
Creator McElreath, Richard
Other Author Boyd, Robert;, Richerson, Peter J.
Title Shared norms and the evolution of ethnic markers
Date 2003-02
Description Unlike other primates, human populations are often divided into ethnic groups that have self-ascribed membership and are marked by seemingly arbitrary traits such as distinctive styles of dress or speech (Barth 1969, 1981). The modern understanding that ethnic identities are flexible and ethnic boundaries porous makes the origin and existence of such groups problematic because the movement of people and ideas between groups will tend to attenuate group differences. Thus, the persistence of existing boundaries and the birth of new ones suggests that there must be social processes that resist the homogenizing effects of migration and the strategic adoption of ethnic identities.
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Journal Title Current Anthropology
Volume 44
Issue 1
First Page 122
Last Page 130
DOI 10.1086/345689
citatation_issn 0011-3204
Subject Ethnic groups; Ethnic identity; Migration; Markers
Subject LCSH Ethnicity; Ethnic groups; Social norms
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation McElreath, R., Boyd, R., & Richerson, P. J. (2003). Shared norms and the evolution of ethnic markers. Current Anthropology, 44(1),122-9.
Rights Management (c) University of Chicago Press DOI: 10.1086/345689
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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