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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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Contributors MAHDIS AZARMANDI is a Ph.D student at the UNCESCO Chair for Philosophy for Peace at the Universitat Jaume I, Spain. Her research focuses on racism and anti-racism in Spain analyzing the constructions of race and whiteness within anti-racist organizations from a critical race theory and decolonial perspective. Her prior focus has been on Cultural Studies and she has published on cosmopolitanism and migrant representation in Transnational Cinema. She is a guest teacher at the International People’s College in Denmark. Currently she is based in Berlin. IDALINA CONDE belongs to the School of Sociology and Public Policy of ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon University Institute) and is a researcher at CIES - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology. She also lectures on the ISCTE master's degree course in Communication, Culture and Information Technology and formerly taught on the INDEG/ISCTE postgraduate course in Cultural Management in Cities. She has also been responsible for various training courses in other institutions. In parallel with CIES, she has cooperated on projects associated with ERICArts, the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research and OAC (Observatory for Cultural Activities). She has written a wide range of publications in the field of the sociology, especially sociology of art and culture. Since 1990, she has also authored various publications on biographical approaches, which she introduced into Portuguese sociology, as applied to trajectories and singularities of the artistic condition. This area is related to the sociology of individuals and trends in contemporary culture. Some recent works focus also issues of cultural...

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