Identity and identification: Proceedings of The 14th International ‘Culture and Power’ Conference

Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla La Mancha
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 The present volume includes the Proceedings of The 14 th International ‘Culture and Power’ Conference, organized by the University of Castilla-La Mancha and held in Ciudad Real, Spain, between 22 and 24 March, 2010 under the auspices of The Iberian Association for Cultural Studies (IBACS). The collection incorporates a selection of the papers presented. The conference revolved around the topic of ‘identity’ and ‘identification’, which, in the contributions, is explored in various cultural products across a wide range of social and national contexts. Identity and identification processes are examined as interrelated with other social and cultural dimensions. Readings echo a multiplicity of theoretical approaches, the number of issues contemplated being representative of the relevance of identity and identification processes as crucial analytical perspectives for cultural studies today.
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Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla La Mancha
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Fecha de publicación
5 jul. 2017
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236
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9788490442739
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inglés
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Ciencias sociales / Sociología / General
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