The Construction of Difference
This chapter looks at the ritual hockey game of palin. Ritual hockey constitutes an engagement with “potential affines”—potential friends and enemies—in a number of different ways and at a number of different levels. This engagement may be one of symbolic warfare or of reciprocal exchange, which can perhaps be viewed as structurally equivalent forms—a fact suggested by the interchangeability of the terms for “friend” and “enemy.” By constructing and elaborating on difference, ritual hockey functions as a key way Mapuche people expand their social networks; and it is through this expansion of relations with others that they create themselves.
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