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Fredrik Barth (1928-2016), born Thomas Fredrik Barth, was a Norwegian anthropologist who marked the international scene in the second half of the 20th century with his processual and anti-structural approach and his ethnographic work. He worked in many contexts, including Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Norway, New Guinea, Oman, Bali and Bhutan. His best-known text is the introductory chapter of the collective book Ethnic Groups and Boundaries: The Social Organization of Cultural Difference (1969), where he affirms the gap between ethnic and cultural differences.

Keywords: Social anthropology | Political anthropology | Ethnography | 20th century | Ethnicity

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