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Identities on the Move

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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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Malika Mokeddem or the Recreation of a New Mestization: Maria Carme Figuerola

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Maria Carme FIGUEROLA

Universitat de Lleida

With all its pros and cons, the XX century constitutes a decisive moment for women because many of their struggles and secular demands ended successfully. In the field of literature, they also succeeded in achieving a solid position in most literary genres: despite the latent conceptual undertones in the expression “women’s literature”, female authors have harvested the fruits of their predecessors’ efforts and attained greater autonomy, allowing them to focus on a personal and intimate universe where identity plays a determinant role. Malika Mokeddem’s example synthesizes and confirms this evolution: born in the western part of the Algerian desert, the oldest of ten siblings she witnessed her family’s transition from being nomads to settling down. She studied primary and secondary school twenty kilometers away from her village. Afterwards she worked as a Teaching Assistant in various schools while studying Medicine in Oran and then concluded her studies in Paris.

After a few years as a nephrologist she decides to quit her medical practice and dedicate herself to literature fulltime. Since 1989 she combines both of these activities working from her home in Montpellier.

The synthesis of her life experience, inevitably limited by our circumstances, offers a very constrained image – aseptic almost – of the particular battle she has engaged in to ascertain not only her personal development but also her identity.

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