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Kulturen im Dialog IV - Culture in Dialogo IV - Cultures in Dialogue IV

Viertes JungakademikerInnen-Forum in Südtirol. Quarto Forum per Neolaureati in Alto Adige. Fourth Forum for Young Graduates in South Tyrol

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Annemarie Profanter

JungakademikerInnen unterschiedlicher Fachgebiete haben sich mit der Idee den interdisziplinären sowie interkulturellen wissenschaftlichen Dialog zu fördern ans Werk gemacht und setzen sich in ihren Beiträgen mit internationalen Fragen beziehungsweise regionalen Themen auseinander.

Neolaureati di diverse facoltà con l’idea di promuovere il dialogo interdisciplinare come anche quello scientifico interculturale si sono dati da fare e trattano nelle loro opere questioni internazionali ossia temi regionali.

In an aim to promote an interdisciplinary and intercultural scientific dialog young graduates of diverse disciplines have tackled the task of intensive investigation into "cultures in dialogue". In their contributions they deal with questions about international and regional issues.

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Postmoderne Körperidentitäten im Modern Primitivism (Julian Kaser)

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Julian Kaser

Postmoderne Körperidentitäten im Modern Primitivism

Abstract The paper looks at societal dynamics which lead to body modification and identity construction in the subculture “Modern Primitives”. The objective is to show how individual identity relates to the present social situation and context.

The erosion of the traditional sociocultural identity-formation in the Euro-American areas at the beginning of the postmodern era gave rise to an increased interest in the foreign and the other, which was at the same time articulated by the fast mediatization. These processes had an influence on the creation of individual identity. The body, as the new postmodern tool of “self-made” identity, expresses these dynamics. Scrutinized here are the specific idealization and homogenization of various as indigenous imagined societies with body modification practices, which from the outset shaped some attitudes within the subculture. It is shown that through this stereotyping, representations of the other become stratified in a racially based hierarchy. To highlight the diversity of this subcultural phenomenon though, the paper refers to further dynamic processes of the postmodern time: Through the exchange between protagonists of various societal contexts in transcultural relations, new meanings in form of tribal body modifications arise. It is argued that these are not necessarily the result of the other, but rather of the individual personal dimension with its own experiences, characterizing postmodern identity construction.

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