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Alienation, Ambivalence and Identity

Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words

Mohammad Shafiqul Islam

Italian fascinates her, and she feels a strong desire to learn the language. It is rare for an established writer of English novels and stories to shift from her own language to a new one; Lahiri will in fact form a new identity through learning a new

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Evenki Adolescents’ Identities

Negotiating the Modern and the Traditional in Educational Settings

Svetlana Huusko

Federation ( Russian Federation 2000b ), but also they have vital consequences for indigenous adolescents and their identities. These debates show that people often assume that traditions have to be “old”; otherwise, they are not “real” and “authentic

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Biometrics, Dualities, and Fluid Identities

Decentralized Response to the Modern Normalization of Biopower

Melody Ling

nature of the human species and our identities. Categorized by what Michel Foucault (2009) called the “biopolitics” of life, the modern human body is reborn into a defamiliarized incarnate social entity that embodies an ecology of different kinds of

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Mobility and Identity in Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss

Vandana Sukheeja and JapPreet Kaur Bhangu

variety of movement has changed ideas related to connectedness, belonging, and identity-construction. In the past, the migration of people, voluntary or involuntary, invariably led to feelings of nostalgia and alienation in the migrants’ new surroundings

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Identity Politics and Migration

Vytis Čiubrinskas

The Centre of Social Anthropology (CSA) at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) in Kaunas has coordinated projects on this, including a current project on 'Retention of Lithuanian Identity under Conditions of Europeanisation and Globalisation: Patterns of Lithuanian-ness in Response to Identity Politics in Ireland, Norway, Spain, the UK and the US'. This has been designed as a multidisciplinary project. The actual expressions of identity politics of migrant, 'diasporic' or displaced identity of Lithuanian immigrants in their respective host country are being examined alongside with the national identity politics of those countries.

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Identity and Gender Politics in Contemporary Shakespearean Rewriting

Julia Pascal’s The Yiddish Queen Lear

Özlem Özmen

designed simply to revive Shakespeare’s play, but rather to offer a political critique of Jewish history in America and Europe. By representing the concerns of a particular group of people, her work engages with the politics of identity. The function of

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Constructions of Identity in Cameroonian History Textbooks in Relation to the Reunification of Cameroon

Raymond Nkwenti Fru and Johan Wassermann

first identity marker associated with the name Cameroon, as it would eventually evolve from the Portuguese appellation. 2 The region escaped European colonialism until the Berlin West Africa Conference of 1884. The subsequent division of Africa between

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Urban Population Identities and Symbolic Value

Cities in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia)

Natalia K. Danilova, Irena S. Khokholova, Kiunnei A. Pestereva, Alena G. Tomaska, and Alina P. Vasileva

The collapse of the USSR and the construction of a new statehood of the Russian Federation significantly increased the urgency of problems of political identity. Furthermore, at present, there is a tendency towards the preservation and

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Identity and Traditional Law

Local Legal Conceptions in Svan Villages, Georgia

Stéphane Voell, Natia Jalabadze, Lavrenti Janiashvili, and Elke Kamm

Traditional law continues to be relevant for the Svans (Georgians), who usually live in the highlands of the Caucasus, but who have also migrated to various parts of Georgia. To grasp its practice we draw on approaches in which its use is discussed as a strategy for '(re)asserting collective identities' (Benda-Beckmann) in order to enforce specific goals. But our research also shows another dimension of traditional law: more than in actual conflict resolutions, traditional law is found in narratives, that is in memories of how conflicts were resolved earlier and should be solved today. These stories, however, of how and when traditional law should be applied rarely correspond to lived reality. Drawing on Brubaker and Cooper, we argue that beside a rather instrumental motivated use of traditional law in asserting collective identities, its contemporary practice can only be fully understood if we also acknowledge its non-instrumental practice.

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Negotiating Identities

Being “Boy,” Being “Filipino,” Being “Other”

Victoria Cann

the need for academics to explore the multiplicities of Asian identity and diaspora within the UK context. Below I provide a nuanced examination of masculinity through a case study of a 14-year-old boy called “Tom” 1 who is part of the Filipino