In Search of Identity

Author: Birgitta Nedelmann,Piotr Sztompka

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110887444

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

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Dealing with the Past, Reaching for the Future in an Intercultural Context

Author: Mamadou Diawara,Bernard C. Lategan,Jörn Rüsen

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845456528

Category: History

Page: 248

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This volume explores the inner dynamics of memory in all its variations, from its most destructive and divisive impact to its remarkable potential to heal and reconcile. It addresses issues on both the conceptual and the pragmatic level and its theoretical observations and reflections are informed by first-hand experiences ...
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Transformation at the Dawn of a New Millenium

Author: Mike Forrest Keen,Janusz Mucha

Publisher: Greenwood Press

ISBN: 9780313318023

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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Sociologists from across Central and Eastern Europe assess changes to the discipline caused by the region's transition from Communism.
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Herausforderung für die Soziologie

Author: Bálint Balla,Anton Sterbling

Publisher: R. Kramer

ISBN: 9783896220066

Category: Europe, Central

Page: 358

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Author: R. Robertson,A. Krossa

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230360289

Category: Political Science

Page: 204

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Including a stellar line-up of international scholars, this book is an ambitious analysis of cosmopolitanism that will push the debate into new arenas, open up new lines of inquiry and have an impact on the study of globalization and global processes for years to come.
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Entwicklung Institutionalisierung und Berufsfelder Theoretische Kontroversen

Author: Bernhard Schäfers

Publisher: Vs Verlag Fur Sozialwissenschaften

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

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Im Hinblick auf den XIII. Weltkongreß für Soziologie, der erstmalig in Deutschland stattfand und für den im Juli 1994 vier-bis fünftausend in-und ausländische Teilnehmer in der Universität Bielefeld erwartet wurden, be­ schloß der Vorstand der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS), einen Informationsband über Entwicklung und Stand der Soziologie in Deutsch­ land herauszugeben. Als der seit 1991 verantwortliche Herausgeber der So­ ZIOLOGIElMitteilungsblatt der DGS wurde ich mit der Vorbereitung einer entsprechenden Edition beauftragt. Rechtzeitig zum Weltkongreß lag als "Sonderheft 3/94" der SOZIOLOGIE die englische Ausgabe für den W eltkongreß vor: "Sociology in Germany - Development - Institutionalization - Theoretical Disputes". Allen Beiträgen war ein Resume in Französisch bzw. ein Resumen auf Spanisch vorangestellt. Das Ergebnis verdeutlichte, daß es eine vergleichbar konzentrierte und übersichtliche Darstellung unseres Faches noch nicht gibt. Mit der vorliegen­ den Ausgabe wird den Studierenden daher eine Ergänzung zu den Einfüh­ rungen in die Soziologie geboten und den Lehrenden ein Kompendium, das zu zentralen Fragen des Faches einen schnellen Überblick erlaubt. Die vorliegende deutsche Ausgabe enthält die überarbeiteten Beiträge des Sonderheftes - mit einer Ausnahme: Der Beitrag von Franz-Xaver Kaufmann über "Soziologie in Bielefeld" findet sich nur im englischen Son­ derheft. Dagegen konnte der bereits für das Sonderheft geplante, aber nicht mehr realisierte Beitrag von Heine von Alemann über "Berufsfelder und Be­ rufschancen von Soziologen" nunmehr aufgenommen werden. Für vielfache Hilfe bei der Redaktion des Bandes danke ich Frau Yvonne Bemart, M.A.; für Korrekturarbeiten Frau cand.phil. Sabina Misoch.
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Perspectives on identity formation in the European Union

Author: Fabrizio Capogrosso

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640262409

Category: Social Science

Page: 28

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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject Sociology - Political Sociology, Majorities, Minorities, grade: 1,0, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), 46 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In the last decades, debates about the existence and the meaning of an European idetity raised all the time more. Some scholars approached the theme, focussing on a “common historical heritage”, which points to a basis for a collective identity (Habermas 2001; Giesen 2003), others based their arguments on political and institutional similarities among European countries like human rights protection, democracy and rule of law (Risse 2001). In other cases, the studies on the topic focussed on the ambivalent employ of the term “identity”, arguing its (ab)-use, above all in EU-Treaties, instead of more obviously expressions as “legitimacy” or “sovereignty” (Bruha/ Rau 2000). The aim of this paper is to examine the topic from two distinctive perspectives: a post-national and a postmodern. The paper suggests a sort of “back to the roots” of the en-quiry, approaching the subject neither with pre-existent assumptions nor with the goal to order puzzled arguments. The study will not pursue the question about the existence of a collective European identity, but will search for possible ways and circumstances, in which “identity” in Europe (restricting the focus on the European Union) may emerge. The central question of the paper will be if the development of an European identity is plausible and if a widespread process of socialisation may prevail on the national structures of the member states (hereafter MSs) and lead to the growth of common “procedures” and “functions” among European populations. In order to answer the question the more satisfactory as possible, the dissertation proposes two differing angles for the analysis with the intend to compare the findings resulting from dissimilar criteria of examination. In a first part the EU will be considered as a post-national political order, deriving from the dissolution of its MSs. After a short explanation on the political nature of the Union from this standpoint, the dissertation will explore the option of an emerging post-national identity in the European Union, adopting the criteria proposed by Anthony Smith in his study of national identities (Smith 1991). The analysis will evaluate if the EU attends the proposed criteria in order to assess the coming out of a post-national form of social identification. [...]
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Biographical Approaches

Author: Graham Day

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230302564

Category: Political Science

Page: 307

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Through in-depth analysis of interviews from across Europe, this book explores how European citizens identify themselves with Europe and the development of a 'European mental space.'
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The Cult of Anniversaries in Europe and the United States Today

Author: William M. Johnston

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9780887383755

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

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In the twentieth century, celebrations of historical anniversaries abounded. There was the bicentennial of the French Revolution, the 150th anniversary of photography, Bach's 300th anniversary, and the 200th anniversary of the American Constitution, to name just a few. Every year hundreds of anniversaries still attract media attention and government investment in ever greater degrees. Deploying an astonishing array of insights, Celebrations explores the causes and consequences of this major phenomenon of our time. As Johnston shows, anniversaries fulfill a number of needs. They provide the kind of experience of regularity across a lifetime that the weekly cycle supplies in daily life. The use of anniversaries for political ends emerged during the French Revolution and expanded to promote nationalism during the nineteenth century, although there are differences in how they are used. Europeans tend to celebrate cultural heroes, while Americans tend to celebrate events. Entire nations exploit anniversaries of founding events in order to promote national identity. Commercially, there are whole industries built around commemoration, and they provide intellectuals an opportunity to take center stage. Using methods of cultural history, sociology, and religious studies, Johnston shows how the cult of anniversaries reflects postmodern concerns. It fills a void left by the disappearance of ideologies and avant-gardes. In an era when there is little consensus about styles or methods, anniversaries allow intellectuals, businesses, and governments to acknowledge and celebrate every nuance of opinion. By suggesting ways to use anniversaries more creatively, this book offers a broad range of insights.
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Immigration, Identität, Islam

Author: Douglas Murray

Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag

ISBN: 3960921802

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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Sinkende Geburtenraten, unkontrollierte Masseneinwanderung und eine lange Tradition des verinnerlichten Misstrauens: Europa scheint unfähig zu sein, seine Interessen zu verteidigen. Douglas Murray, gefeierter Autor, sieht in seinem neuen Bestseller Europa gar an der Schwelle zum Freitod – zumindest scheinen sich seine politischen Führer für den Selbstmord entschieden zu haben. Doch warum haben die europäischen Regierungen einen Prozess angestoßen, wohl wissend, dass sie dessen Folgen weder absehen können noch im Griff haben? Warum laden sie Tausende von muslimischen Einwanderern ein, nach Europa zu kommen, wenn die Bevölkerung diese mit jedem Jahr stärker ablehnt? Sehen die Regierungen nicht, dass ihre Entscheidungen nicht nur die Bevölkerung ihrer Länder auseinandertreiben, sondern letztlich auch Europa zerreißen werden? Oder sind sie so sehr von ihrer Vision eines neuen europäischen Menschen, eines neuen Europas und der arroganten Überzeugung von deren Machbarkeit geblendet? Der Selbstmord Europas ist kein spontan entstandenes Pamphlet einer vagen Befindlichkeit. Akribisch hat Douglas Murray die Einwanderung aus Afrika und dem Nahen Osten nach Europa recherchiert und ihre Anfänge, ihre Entwicklung sowie die gesellschaftlichen Folgen über mehrere Jahrzehnte ebenso studiert wie ihre Einmündung in den alltäglich werdenden Terrorismus. Eine beeindruckende und erschütternde Analyse der Zeit, in der wir leben, sowie der Zustände, auf die wir zusteuern.
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a comparative study of values: Croatia and Europe

Author: Josip Baloban

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social values

Page: 343

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Between Past and Future

Author: Theodora Kostakopoulou

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719059988

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 214

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European citizenship, identity and immigration are constitutive issues facing the European polity and have important consequences for domestic political systems. Blends normative political theory with European integration and develops an original theoretical framework for European Union citizenship, identity and immigration as well as a set of policy proposals for institutional reform. Challenges the conventionally held views in these areas, by arguing that a model of European citizenship and identity is vital to the construction of a democratic, heterogeneous and inclusive European polity. Crosses the boundaries of political science, law and philosophy.
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Language, Identity and Polity-Building in Europe

Author: Peter A. Kraus

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139469819

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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The European Union's motto 'United in Diversity' contrasts with the cultural standardization entailed in the formation of nation-states and the forging of political identities in Europe. So what does being 'united in diversity' mean? Focusing on language politics and policies, this book offers a thorough assessment of the implications of cultural and linguistic diversity for the process of constructing a European polity. It sheds light on some of the most pressing problems associated with contemporary identity politics. It is often claimed that the recurrent celebration of diversity in Europe's programmatic declarations has an effective political impact. Kraus offers a critical analysis of how the EU has responded to the normative challenge of creating an institutional frame for integration which allows cultural differences to be transcended without ignoring them.
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A Comparative Sociology

Author: J. M. Barbalet,Adam Possamai,Bryan S. Turner

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 0857287982

Category: Social Science

Page: 282

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This volume addresses a central problem of contemporary states, namely how to manage the eruption of public religions. While the liberal framework formerly regarded religion as simply a matter of private practice and conscience, in modern states religion has often come to challenge the so-called Westphalian model of church-state relations, and has brought into question many liberal notions of secularism and tolerance. There is much discussion about post-secular society in which religion has to be taken seriously in public affairs. This collection of case studies – looking at Turkey, Singapore, India, China, Britain, Europe and the United States – explores a number of examples in which the state exercises some degree of management of religion, thereby bringing into question the traditional separation of religion and state. This study also attempts to refine the notion of secularization by examining this process in terms of political arrangements (church-state relations) and the role of religion in everyday life. Ultimately, this study reveals that there is no uniform or standard pattern of secularization in modern societies.
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Karaoke and the Construction of Identity in Chinese America

Author: Casey M.K. Lum

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136490302

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

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Originating in Japan early in the 1970s as a simple sing-along technology, karaoke has become a hybrid media form designed to integrate mass-mediated popular music, video images, computer graphics, and the live musical performance of its human users. Not only has karaoke become a multimillion-dollar entertainment industry, its varied uses have also evolved into diverse popular cultural and social practices among many people around the world. Based on a two-year ethnographic study, this book offers a penetrating analysis of how karaoke is used in the expression, maintenance, and (re)construction of social identity as part of the Chinese American experience. It also explores the theoretical implications of interaction between the media audience and karaoke as both an electronic communication technology and a cultural practice. This book analyzes the social origins of karaoke and the dramaturgical characteristics of karaoke events, and explains how various musical genres are reframed as karaoke music. It also visits the numerous karaoke scenes in their natural context -- the sites of the actual consumption of media products, such as expensive private homes and fancy hotel ballrooms in the affluent suburbs of New Jersey, working-class restaurants and nightclubs in the multiethnic neighborhoods in Flushing, Queens, and Cantonese opera music clubs in New York's Chinatown. Finally, the book offers an intimate analysis of how karaoke has been adopted by several interpretive communities of first-generation Chinese immigrants not only as popular entertainment but also as a means to help (re)define their social identity and way of life.
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Author: Jack Goody

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521289252

Category: History

Page: 308

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Around 300 A.D. European patterns of marriage and kinship were turned on their head. What had previously been the norm - marriage to close kin - became the new taboo. The same applied to adoption, the obligation of a man to marry his brother's widow and a number of other central practices. With these changes Christian Europe broke radically from its own past and established practices which diverged markedly from those of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. In this highly original and far-reaching work Jack Goody argues that from the fourth century there developed in the northern Mediterranean a distinctive but not undifferentiated kinship system, whose growth can be attributed to the role of the Church in acquiring property formerly held by domestic groups. He suggests that the early Church, faced with the need to provide for people who had left their kin to devote themselves to the life of the Church, regulated the rules of marriage so that wealth could be channelled away from the family and into the Church. Thus the Church became an 'interitor', acquiring vast tracts of property through the alienation of familial rights. At the same time, the structure of domestic life was changed dramatically, the Church placing more emphasis on individual wishes, on conjugality, and on spiritual rather than natural kinship. Tracing the consequences of this change through to the present day, Jack Goody challenges some fundamental assumptions about the making of western society, and provides an alternative focus for future study of the European family, kinship structures and marriage patterns. The questions he raises will provoke much interest and discussion amongst anthropologists, sociologists and historians.
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Citizens and Nations in a Global Era

Author: P W Preston

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761950264

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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This interdisciplinary book overviews political and cultural identity in the context of changes across the political landscape. These changes - from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the recent Islamic revival - have profoundly altered the received ideas that define political cultures throughout the world. In this context the author draws together the diverse strands of literature to throw light on the impact on identity of a changing global environment. Peter Preston analyzes political, cultural and economic identities which lie at the centre of individual actions and social structure. This analysis is fleshed out by a detailed examination of specific regional cases, including: the realignment of Europe; the sharp rise of Pa
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Author: Gerard Delanty

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134255462

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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This innovative publication maps out the broad and interdisciplinary field of contemporary European social theory. It covers sociological theory, the wider theoretical traditions in the social sciences including cultural and political theory, anthropological theory, social philosophy and social thought in the broadest sense of the term. This volume surveys the classical heritage, the major national traditions and the fate of social theory in a post-national and post-disciplinary era. It also identifies what is distinctive about European social theory in terms of themes and traditions. It is divided into five parts: disciplinary traditions, national traditions, major schools, key themes and the reception of European social theory in American and Asia. Thirty-five contributors from nineteen countries across Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asian Pacific have been commissioned to utilize the most up-to-date research available to provide a critical, international analysis of their area of expertise. Overall, this is an indispensable book for students, teachers and researchers in sociology, cultural studies, politics, philosophy and human geography and will set the tone for future research in the social sciences.
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Paradoxes of Identity in Everyday Life

Author: Richard Jenkins

Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press

ISBN: 8763526034

Category: Social Science

Page: 355

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This book is a major contribution to the sociology and anthropology of identity and to debates about identity in Denmark and elsewhere in Europe. Using extensive archival material alongside ethnographic fieldwork, the book explores `being Danish', the meanings and practices which produced and reproduced `Danishness' in an ordinary Danish town during the 1990s. Among the many issues explored are attitudes to the European Union, the symbolism of the royal house and the flag, the State's contribution to personal identity, the place of Christianity in `Danishness', and the impact on Danes of the recent arrival of mainly Islamic immigrants. Bringing the story up to date with a discussion of the national political shift to the right since the late 1990s and the affair of the `Mohammed cartoons' in 2005, the book concludes with a critical examination of the future of `Danishness'. Since 1992 and the Danish rejection of the EU's Maastricht Treaty, through the recent `cartoons' crisis, Denmark, although only a small country, has occupied a disproportionately visible place in European and global politics. The only detailed ethnographic study of the full spectrum of modern Danish identity, this book will find a wide market in anthropology, sociology, political science, international relations and European studies.
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