The Politics of Morales


This article investigates the complexity of ethnicity in modern society. It is basedon an ethnological field work at car industries in Europe and explores the way ethnic groups are sorted on growing cultural labour market, representing a varying set of profitable morales. Earlier, anthropologists were mainly interested in the general features of ethnic groups, i.e. formal construction of communication, language, rituals and religious confession, instead of their internal dynamics. The general tendency became focusing on the deviation from anational majority. The impact of geography was profound in anthropologists’ thinking. This paper suggests other interpretations, based on re-establishing of the ideas of classes. A departure from ethnicity will make it easier to give a voice to the minorities and to unveil the technologies of representation.

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Arvastson, G., (1995) “The Politics of Morales”, Ethnologia Europaea 25(1), p.19-26. doi:

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.



Gösta Arvastson (Uppsala University)



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