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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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Languages, links and identities in a society on the move: M. Carme Junyent

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M. Carme JUNYENT

Universitat de Barcelona

The XX century represents the culmination of linguistic homogenization, a process that has accelerated and multiplied in the last centuries and which has taken us to where we are today, with almost 95 per cent of the languages of the world at risk of disappearing. Different elements have intervened in this process, among which linguistic imperialism stands out. So long as linguistic imperialism is a static mechanism that imposes but doesn’t create, it will lead us to a paradox; the more chance we have of changing – today’s communication facilities are unprecedented in human history –, the less chance we have of creating, subjected as we are to homogenizing pressure. So, we end up creating false or volatile links and a growing incapability to collaborate creatively. This dynamic takes place in various fields, from Medicine, where Western Medicine has been established as the “good” and, thus, legitimate Medicine; to Literature, where the use of dominant metropolitan languages by acculturated writers has meant, on one hand, that they have entered a collapsed market where they are ignored or seen as exotic individuals, but hardly ever as members of the corpus of Universal Literature; and on the other, that they have hindered authors who write in autochthonous languages, on the understanding that we have already had enough of whatever those languages could bring about, thanks to their post-colonial friends. In fact, the imposition of a unique model is clearly visible in societies on the...

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