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Mapping Identity and Identification Processes

Approaches from Cultural Studies

Edited By Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo and Angel Mateos-Aparicio Martin-Albo

This book deals with the subject of identity and identification within contemporary cultural studies and includes a selection of papers from the 14th International ‘Culture & Power’ Conference held in Ciudad Real, Spain, in 2010. The volume contributes to contemporary debates on identity-construction practices from various theoretical positions in different social, historic and national contexts. The initial section presents various theoretical discussions on how identity construction and identification phenomena are framed within current disciplinary debates about cultural studies and its future as an academic inter- and transdisciplinary field of enquiry. In the following sections, identity and identification processes are analysed from a variety of perspectives.
In particular, the articles delve into the construction of marginalised identities and the exploration of identification processes that subvert dominant, established or accepted cultural identities. The authors explore the role of print media and videogames in constructing and representing identities; they examine the construction of masculinities and femininities in film, music and gay liberation movements; they analyse the interplay between globalisation and nationalism and its impact on cultural products in Asia or Africa; and provide examples of cultural history approaches to the articulation of several national identities. Considered together, the chapters engage with the most relevant concerns pervading identity theory and cultural studies today.

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Acknowledgements The present volume is the result of the cooperation between the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) and IBACS (Iberian Association for Cultural Studies) on the occasion of the celebration of The 14th International ‘Culture & Power’ Conference, held in Ciudad Real (Spain) on 22-24 March, 2010. The editors especially would like to acknowledge the support of the Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Science (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación: ref. FFI2009-07926); Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government (Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha: ref. AEB10-031); the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Vice-Rectorate for Research: ref.: AE20101627, and Ciudad Real Campus Vice-Rectorate); and Ciudad Real Province Council (Diputación Provincial de Ciudad Real). The editors would also like to thank the colleagues and staff of the Modern Languages Department and of the Faculty of Arts, as well as the local authorities: Ciudad Real Local Council (Ayuntamiento de Ciudad Real) and Almagro Local Council (Ayuntamiento de Almagro).

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