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Book: Fabricating Origins

Chapter: 3. When the Stakes Are High

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24325


Individuals and groups resort to telling origins stories to secure a certain position—whether that is to gain a status of worthiness in relation to a friend and among family members or as groups in relation to other groups—when either the maintenance of the status is fragile or, threatened by another challenger (real or imagined).

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