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Culturality, representation and self-representation

Author(s): Rik Pinxten | Ghislain Verstraete

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 66-67;
Start page: 11;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: cultural studies | cultural identities | interculturality | conflict | community

In their research centre, the authors have elaborated a framework of reference that deals with identities and conflict. The analytical framework that has been developed distinguishes three different levels of extension: the action of the individual, the group and the community. On these three levels, identities are constructed based on three dimensions: personality, sociality and culturality. The model that they propose is deliberately non-essentialist, dynamic andmultiple; and it has been used in a series of descriptions (from Latin America to Europe: Pinxten & Verstraete, 1998; Pinxten, Verstraete & Longman, 2004). The framework of analytical reference comes necessarily before any ideological analysis, since discourses on identity (cultural identity in particular) now form an integrated part of present-day political life.
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