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Perverse Identities

Identities in Conflict


Edited By Flocel Sabate

The urgent need for the study of exclusive identities in conflict is ever more apparent in a globalizing world in which societies are becoming multicultural and complex and in which inter-cultural contact and the co-existence of languages and cultures comes increasingly to bear on the construction of plural identities. The present book considers perversion in the construction of identity and the perverse usage of identity in areas such as social cohesion – xenophobia, racism, ostracism, rejection, ageism, marginalisation – and the mismanagement of linguistic identity, language groups and associated discriminatory practise arising out of historical and culturally based discrimination. The texts were submitted in an international meeting held in the Institute for Identities and Societies of the University on Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) in November 2012.
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Reconstruction of the identity in destination



Universitat de Lleida

Introduction: Aims and Hypothesis

Those migrations that people realize are characterized by personal changes that produce emotional imbalances; if we consider the woman to be a protagonist of these processes1; there has to be highlighted that it is precisely in their feminine identity and in the configuration of that identity in which there will relapse the responsibility of developing skills that identify it with the new society.

The binomial migration and identity seen from a psychological, anthropologic and sociological perspective from the place of origin and destination opens the doors for an analytical worry from social sciences in the study of those migrations and from a perspective of gender; because of that we emphasize three points:

1) The principal aim of our study, centres on the analysis of the reconstruction of the identity. The project identities the social actors (in our case the immigrant women) look for approval, acceptance and recognition in the societies of destination, based on the cultural materials they have, they construct a new identity that redefines their position ← 561 | 562 → in the new society and, on having done it, they look for the transformation of the whole social structure2.

2) Considering empirical studies that identify those labour activities that the immigrant women, specially the Latin-American women realize, this study reflects us that the migrant feminine identity has to adapt itself to the personal and labour needs as well as...

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