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Identities in and across Cultures

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Paola Evangelisti Allori

This volume is a collection of empirical studies investigating the ways and means through which culturally-shaped identities are manifested in and through discourse in documents and texts from multiple spheres of social action. It also looks at possible ways in which understanding and acceptance of diverse cultural identities can be moulded and developed through appropriate education.
Language being one of the most evident and powerful ‘markers’ of cultural identity, discourse and text are sites where cultures are both constructed and displayed and where identities are negotiated. The approaches to the analysis of culture and identity adopted here to account for the multifaceted realisations of cultural identities in the texts and documents taken into consideration span from multimodality, to discourse and genre analysis, to corpus linguistics and text analysis. The volume then offers a varied picture of approaches to the scientific enquiry into the multifaceted manifestations of identity in and across national, professional, and disciplinary cultures.
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Framing Identity through the EU Communication Channels: Giuditta Caliendo, Antonio Piga

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GIUDITTA CALIENDO / ANTONIO PIGA

Framing Identity through the EU Communication Channels1

1. Introduction

From the outset, the European Union has devoted considerable efforts to institutionalize its ambition of integration and to find support for its governance. However, today the EU institutions are becoming increasingly aware of the crisis concerning their legitimacy and identity and, for the first time, they are openly recognising a general lack of public support.

The existence of a widespread scepticism among citizens was eventually acknowledged by Commission in 2006 in its White Paper on a European Communication Policy:

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