Culture and Power: Identity and Identification

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Editor: Ángel Mateos-Aparicio Martin-Albo and Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo
Date Of Publication: Jan 2013
Isbn13: 978-1-4438-4200-6
Isbn: 1-4438-4200-1

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Questions of identity and identification are among the most important evolving concerns of contemporary cultural studies. Through 9781443842006processes of personal identification with discursively constructed subject positions, identities emerge across a wide range of cultural practices in the course of social interactions involving the use of language and other semiotic systems manifested in cultural artefacts of various kinds. The present collection includes a selection of papers on the topic of identity and identification in cultural studies today. Incorporating theoretical contributions and practical case studies, this monograph adds to contemporary debates on identity-forging practices from various theoretical positions in different social, historic and national contexts.

The chapters of this volume range from overtly theoretical discussions on the construction of identities and subjectivities in post-modernity, to examinations of the crucial role of (print) media in identity-construction and -representation processes in contemporary social formations through an insight into other key issues in cultural studies, such as gender politics and the construction of femininities, the hybridization of identities in the context of postcolonial work, and the interplay between collective identities and discourses on nation.

Dr Ángel Mateos-Aparicio Martín-Albo received his PhD in English and American Literature from the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain, where he currently teaches several courses on contemporary English and American literature and culture.

Dr Eduardo de Gregorio-Godeo teaches British cultural studies and various applied linguistics-oriented courses at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain.