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Identities on the Move


Edited By Flocel Sabaté

This book contains selected papers from the meetings «To think the Identity» and «Identities on the move» held in the Institute for Research into Identities and Society (University of Lleida) during 2010. The aim is to understand the reasons that allow social cohesion throughout the creation of identities and its adaptation. Identity is individual and collective, momentary and secular, apparently contradictory terms that can only coexist and fructify if they entail a constant adaptation. Thus, in a changing world, the identities are always on the move and the continuity of society requires a permanent move. Values, Culture, Language and History show the societies in permanent evolution, and demand an interdisciplinary perspective for studying. Attending this scope, outstanding historians, sociologists, linguistics and scientists offer here a diachronic and interdisciplinary approach to this phenomenon: how men and women have been combining the identity and the move in order to feel save into a social life from Middle Ages to current days, and how different items, in our present society, built the framework of identities.
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Literature and Shows of Modern Customs in Catalan. “Ethnotypism” and the creation of some modern imaginary of popular catalanity: Joaquim Capdevila, Teresa Serés And Sònia Rubió


Joaquim CAPDEVILA, Teresa SERÉS and Sònia RUBIÓ

Universitat de Lleida

In Catalonia, since the decade of the tens in the twentieth century, a modern and populist literature in Catalan is being developed, which is characterized by a modern, popular and highly self-referential ethnicity. It is a literature characterized by a recreation of customs – and types in general – of those aspects represented as idiosyncratic: mainly those regarding one’s own village or city and those related to a broader domain such as Catalanity. Its development and success mainly takes place between the tens and the seventies of the twentieth century, having to take into account the interruption of the first years of the Franco Regime with regard to the Catalan culture.

Regarding its topics, where does this literature start? It mainly does so from current villages and cities of the moment: Barcelona becomes its main motif. However, we must take into consideration an important issue: although this literature deals with a modern and current framework, it still conceives the logic of the social bounds from the tradition of a rural or village community. It is in relation to these fields that this literature expressions make recreations of types – stereotypes, in fact – of some collective referents and, especially, of some collective customs. In this sense, we must keep in mind another very important aspect: the typism of customs always comes up from the conceptions of the rural and village community. Therefore, in the threshold of...

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