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Culture and Politics/Politics and Culture



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Culture and Politics

Identity and Conflict in a Multicultural World

Edited by Rik Pinxten, Chia Longman and Ghislain Verstraete

320 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-334-3 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (June 2004)

ISBN  978-1-57181-335-0 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (June 2004)


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Description

With "race" being discredited as a rallying cry for populist movements because of the atrocities committed in its name during World War II, "culture" has been adopted by right-wing groups instead, but used in the same exclusionary manner as racism was. This volume examines the essentialism, which is implicit in racial theories and re-emerges in the ideological use of cultural identity in new rightist movements, and presents case studies from different parts of the world where researchers were confronted with racism and worked out ways of coping with it.

Rik Pinxten is Professor and Senior Researcher in Anthropology, focusing on identity as a central mechanism in cultural and religious learning processes.

Ghislain Verstraete became a researcher after a long career in social work and now works on multiculturalism and political identity. He is on the staff of the Center of Intercultural Communication and Interaction at Ghent University.

Chia Longman is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Comparative Sciences of Culture at Ghent University.

Subject: General Cultural Studies General Anthropology Sociology
Area: Europe



Contents

Preface

Introduction
Rik Pinxten and Ghislain Verstraete

Chapter 1. Religion, Society and Identity: From Claims to Scientific Categories?
Lieve Orye

Chapter 2. Engendering Identities as Political Processes: Discourses of Gender Among Strictly Orthodox Jewish Women
Chia Longman

Chapter 3. Five Centuries of Compelling Interculturality: The Indian in Latin-American Consciousness
Koen De Munter

Chapter 4. ‘Flow Between Fact and Fiction’: Analysis of Identity Dynamics in Visual Representation
An van Dienderen

Notes on Contributors
Index

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