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Conditioned Identities

Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities

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Edited By 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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Processes and dynamics of building an identity for intercultural mediators

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Núria LLEVOT

Universitat de Lleida

1.From natural to professional1

The word “mediation” has been used since the 13th century to designate intervening between two people or groups. This intervention could be to mediate between neighbours arguing about the ownership of land, between families trying to arrange a marriage or share out an inheritance, or between victims and those who had committed a crime and trying to decide who was to blame. Mediators were considered as such by their neighbours due to their prudence, responsibility and wisdom, reasons to place one’s trust in them.

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