Cultural identity


Cultural identity
Cultural identity can be expressed through external attributes

Cultural identity is the identity of a group or culture, or of an individual as far as one is influenced by one's belonging to a group or culture. Cultural identity is similar to and has overlaps with, but is not synonymous with, identity politics.

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There are modern questions of culture that are transferred into questions of identity. Various cultural studies and social theories investigate the cultural identity. In recent decades, a new form of identification has emerged. This new form of identification breaks down the understanding of the individual as a coherent whole subject to a collection of various cultural identifiers. These cultural identifiers examine the condition of the subject from a variety of aspects including: place, gender, race, history, nationality, language, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnicity and aesthetics.

A social process in which individuals participate, in the idea of changing historical conditions.[clarification needed] As a "historical reservoir", culture is an important factor in shaping identity.[1] Some critics of cultural identity argue that the preservation of cultural identity, being based upon difference, is a divisive force in society, and that cosmopolitanism gives individuals a greater sense of shared citizenship.[2] That is not to always be divisive. When considering practical association in international society, states may share an inherent part of their 'make up' that gives common ground, and alternate means of identifying with each other. Examples can be taken from both old and contemporary world order. In the old world order European states shared a high level of cultural homogeneity, due to their common history of "frequently violent relationships, and Greco-Roman cultural origins" (Brown 2001). Brown also argues that the Western invention of the nation-state has proven to be an appealing and homogenising factor to many cultures.[3]

See also

General
Identity
Culture
Politics

Footnotes

  1. ^ Pratt, Nicola (2005). "Identity, Culture and Democratization: The Case of Egypt". New Political Science 27 (1): 69–86. doi:10.1080/07393140500030832. 
  2. ^ The Limits of Nationalism by Chaim Gans. ISBN 9780521004671 ISBN 0521004675
  3. ^ C Brown (2001) Understanding International Relations. Hampshire, Palgrave

References

Further reading

  • Robyns, Clem (1995). "Defending the national identity". In Andreas Poltermann (Ed.), Literaturkanon, Medienereignis, Kultureller Text. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag ISBN 3-503-03727-6.
  • Robyns, Clem (1994). "Translation and discursive identity". In Poetics Today 15 (3), 405–428. http://kuleuven.academia.edu/ClemRobyns/Papers/692295/Translation_and_discursive_identity
  • Anderson, Benedict (1991). Imagined Communities. London: Verso.
  • Gellner, Ernest (1983). Nations and Nationalism. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
  • Bourdieu, Pierre (1980). "L'identité et la représentation". Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales 35: 63–70. doi:10.3406/arss.1980.2100. 
  • Gordon, David C. (1978). The French Language and National Identity (1930-1975). The Hague: Mouton.
  • de Certeau, Michel; Julia, Dominique; & Revel, Jacques (1975). Une politique de la langue: La Révolution française et les patois. Paris: Gallimard.
  • Balibar, Renée & Laporte, Dominique (1974). Le français national: Politique et pratique de la langue nationale sous la Révolution. Paris: Hachette.
  • Fishman, Joshua A. (1973). Language and Nationalism: Two Integrative Essays. Rowley, MA: Newbury House.
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  • Woolf, Stuart. "Europe and the Nation-State". EUI Working Papers in History 91/11. Florence: European University Institute.
  • Stewart, Edward C.; Bennet, Milton J. (1991). American Cultural Patterns. Intercultural Press, Boston, MA.
  • Evangelista, M. (2003). "Culture, Identity, and Conflict: The Influence of Gender," in Conflict and Reconstruction in Multiethnic Societies, Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press [1]
  • Güney, Ü. (2010). "We see our people suffering: the war, the mass media and the reproduction of Muslim identity among youth". Media, War & Conflict 3 (2): 1–14. 

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