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Borders and identities in a globalizing age

Williams, Christopher 2005. Borders and identities in a globalizing age. In: Williams, Christopher, Thomson, Rob and Cunliffe, Daniel eds. E-dentity: Borders and Identities in the Internet Age, Treforest: University of Glamorgan, pp. 3-8.

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This paper introduces some of the broad themes of the workshop. Identity discourses are ubiquitous in the social sciences and in many humanities disciplines, and have become increasingly complex, sophisticated and multi-layered. Identities are now variously seen, by some, as situational, contextual, constructed and contingent, though none of these characteristics necessarily gainsays the power and pull of identity allegiances. The study of borders, political, geographical and metaphorical, confuses and problematizes identities even further. Borders mark out identities and at the same time reveal them for the historically specific entities they are. In a globalizing age there has been much talk of a ‘borderless world’, but contemporary reality appears to defy such a notion. How do we define identities in an era of global communication? Is identity more a matter of personal choice now than it has ever been? And how does the study of borders and the process of bordering enhance our understanding of identity discourse?

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: University of Glamorgan
ISBN: 1840541326
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2020 14:21

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