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Imagined Identities: Identity Formation in the Age of Globalization
By Gonul Pultar (editor) and Nur Yalman (foreword by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Syracuse Univ Pr
Publication date December 10, 2013
Pages 434
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780815633426
ISBN-10 0815633424
Dimensions 1.25 by 7 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.75 lbs.
Original list price $49.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: This collection of essays, by scholars from various disciplines and regions of the world, discusses both the construction and deconstruction of identity in its engagement with culture, ethnicity, and nationhood. The authors explore the tension resulting from the desire to create a new cultural space for identities that are at once national, regional, linguistic, and religious, yet also attempt to encompass a political and geographic whole within designated areas.

The volume comes at a most opportune moment, providing much-needed background information and insight into current events. The chapter on Odessa by Abel Polese analyzes the intricacies of Russian-Ukrainian relations, while the one by Luís Cláudio Villafañe G. Santos examines the complexities of being American. The chapter on the formation of statehood in India and Egypt by Samaa Gamie takes the reader to the sources of recent developments in those two countries, while Samer Abboud discusses the current political situation in Lebanon through a historical survey of Hizballah. Fouad N. Ibrahim and Barbara Ibrahim bring a different angle to the upheavals in the region with a chapter on the Christian Copts of Egypt.

Also of topical interest is the chapter by Pramod Nayar on the development of the transnational Indian novel, putting on stage an Eastern cultural parasite disrupting the postcolonial scene in the West. Dorothea Fischer-Hornung recounts how a popular Turkish-German tv series mirrors the present multicultural German society; Yiorgos Kalegoras discusses the significance of ethnic interface in the American entertainment industry; Gönül Pultar examines a cookbook-memoir to study the culture of the Armenians of Turkey and their place in that country; and Simona Sangiorgio revisits theme parks to question the way they may be reshaping identities.

Anna Roosvall surveys the Swedish press to discover the extent it acts as a flagship of the nation; Andrea Rosso Efthymiou goes back to the last days of the Ottoman empire to ponder, through a late twentieth-century novel, the identity of the individual “lost in transition” between empire and nation; Emil Nasritdinov and Kevin O'Connor wander into Central Asian open-air markets in Kyrgyzstan to encounter the differing attitudes of various ethnic groups in the post-Soviet period; and Timur Kozyrev suggests a pan-Turkic umbrella identity for newly-independent Turkic states left in ethnic chaos by Soviet policies. Finally, Grigol Ubiria finds his way around, and clarifies for the reader, novel and not so novel definitions of nation-state, national identity, and national culture in the age of globalization.

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9780815633426 | details & prices | 434 pages | 7.00 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.75 lbs | List price $49.95
About: This collection of essays, by scholars from various disciplines and regions of the world, discusses both the construction and deconstruction of identity in its engagement with culture, ethnicity, and nationhood.

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