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Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World

Irene Gilsenan Nordin, Chatarina Edfeldt, Lung-Lung Hu, Herbert Jonsson and André Leblanc

This volume takes a broad outlook on the concept of transculturality. Contributions from 19 authors and specialists, of almost as many diverse origins, grapple with this concept, each in their own way. How can transculturality be described? How can it help us understand our world? Many of the chapters deal with literary texts, others with the stories told in movies, drama, and visual art. There are texts about the complexity of the European Burqa-Ban debate, the negative aspects of Portuguese multiculturalism, or the border-crossing experiences of Filipino immigrants in Ireland. Several chapters examine stereotypes, the idea of movement, the dissolution of cultural borders, or the nature of bilingual writing. It is a unique contribution to the field, on a virtually global scale.
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Veil Dressing and the Gender Geopolitics of “What Not to Wear”



[E]very woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head – it is the same as if her head were shaven. […] since it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. (Corinthians, II: verses 5–6)

We cannot allow someone to claim the right to look at others without being seen. […] Wearing the burqa in public is not compatible with an open, liberal, tolerant society. (Daniel Bacquelaine, cited in Traynor)

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