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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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Discourse and Identity. Representations in and across Cultures: Paola Evangelisti Allori

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PAOLA EVANGELISTI ALLORI

Discourse and Identity. Representations in and across Cultures

1. Introduction

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 action1. It also looks at possible ways in which understanding and acceptance of diverse cultural identities can be moulded and developed through education. The approaches to the analysis of culture and identity adopted span from multimodality, to discourse and genre analysis, to text analysis.

Discourse is the element through which identity and culture are mainly made evident. Both identity and culture are fuzzy concepts lending themselves to multiple interpretations. Identity is an elusive, yet pervasive, concept which may acquire different meanings in as diverse fields of research as Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Ethnography, and branching disciplines. Accordingly, the concept of identity may apply anywhere on the scale from the individual and his/her perception of self to groups sharing collective psychological processes and social behaviour (collective and social identity), to the way the individual is perceived by others. It is pervasive because identity manifests itself in different ways in all walks of life, both private and public. ← 9 | 10 →

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