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Conditioned Identities

Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities


Flocel Sabaté

This book contains selected papers from the meeting «Conditioned Identities. Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities», held in the Institute of Research in Identities and Society (University of Lleida) in 2013 and attended by participants representing different disciplines, discussing the imposition and acceptance of identities. The different chapters of the book, written by scholars and researchers from all over the world, analyse the conflict between attributed and chosen identities in History, Language, Literature, Sociology and Anthropology across various historical periods and geographical regions. Theoretical and practical studies are combined in order to contribute to a renewal of perspectives regarding a key issue for understanding the roots of our current society and the problems surrounding conviviality in today’s world.
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The representation of a wished identity through the cultural heritage: Elche, the two World Heritage City?



Universidad Miguel Hernández


Elche, in the province of Alicante (Spain), is a middle size city (230,224 inhabitants, according to the data of the Instituto Nacional de Estadística – INE- for 2013). Since centuries, Elche has been known as “the city of the palm trees”, and much less, we have to recognize it, the “city of the Misteri”. Since the end of the 19th century, it has also been known as the “city of The Lady”; during the second half of the 20th century as the “shoes’ city”. All these epithets refer to different elements that have distinguished the city from the outside. Some of them have been embraced to identify the city from the inside and included in that enormous category called Cultural Heritage.

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