Identity and Culture: Narratives of Difference and Belonging by Chris Weedon

By Chris Weedon

The place does our experience of identification and belonging come from? How does tradition produce and problem identities? "Identity and tradition" seems to be at how diverse cultural narratives and practices paintings to represent id for people and teams in multi-ethnic, 'postcolonial' societies. It makes use of examples from heritage, politics, fiction and the visible to ascertain the social energy relatives that create topic positions and sorts of id. It analyses how cultural texts and practices provide new different types of id and company that subvert dominant ideologies. This e-book encompasses problems with type, race, and gender, with a selected concentrate on the mobilization of different types of ethnic id in societies nonetheless ruled by way of racism. It a key textual content for college kids in cultural reports, sociology of tradition, literary stories, background, race and ethnicity reports, media and movie stories, and gender stories.

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Identity and Culture: Narratives of Difference and Belonging (Issues in Cultural and Media Studies)

The place does our feel of identification and belonging come from? How does tradition produce and problem identities? "Identity and tradition" seems at how diversified cultural narratives and practices paintings to represent id for people and teams in multi-ethnic, 'postcolonial' societies. It makes use of examples from historical past, politics, fiction and the visible to envision the social energy relatives that create topic positions and kinds of identification.

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Is such a process not crucial to the development of plural societies that are accepting of difference, and that even celebrate it? What forms do and might cultural political struggle over identity take? Can we move beyond identities? How important is having a voice, representation and respect? Do people need to belong to a recognized group or community? How, in the cultural arena, might we challenge hegemonic constructions (white, male and middle-class) of histories and traditions? It is to these questions that I now turn in Chapters 2, 3 and 4.

Particularly striking examples of the oppositional cultural politics of history can be found in recent imaginative accounts by writers of African descent of the slave trade both in Britain and the United States, and in the reclaiming of history by the indigenous people of Australia, where the struggle for justice is conducted in part through an appeal to a silenced history. These issues will be taken up in later chapters. I want to turn now to look in some detail at the case of contemporary Britain, where culture, heritage and tradition have, in recent years, become significant sites of debate in relation to devolution and the ethnic diversity of the UK.

The changing face of Britain Cultural meanings appeal to people’s imaginations but are difficult to pin down. They are embedded not in formal rules and laws but in all the informal aspects of cultural life that are taken for granted: customs, habits, daily rituals, unwritten social codes, the way masculinity and femininity are expressed, speech idiom and body language, feelings for the landscape, and collective memories of national glories – especially those associated with war. . Image metaphor and shared symbols play a crucial role in constructing and maintaining the idea of England as an imagined community.

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