Imagined Identities: The Formation of Identity in the Age of Globalization

  

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Imagined Identities: The Formation of Identity in the Age of Globalization. Ed. Gönül Pultar. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2014. 456 p.

 

Imagined Identities offers a rich kaleidoscope of contexts – disciplinary, geographic, and ideological – in which restless analysts of cultural identity, hailing from several disciplines, focus on beguilingly tiny yet sometimes enormously revelatory detail. Their concertedly mischievous tactic enables them to upset various epistemic apple-carts. The challenge they pose to received (and often imposed) wisdom will fuel critiques and positions for years to come.” Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University

 

Contents

 

Foreword by Nur Yalman

 

Preface by Gönül Pultar

 
Introduction: From Empire to the “Irresistible Shift”, Gönül Pultar

 

Part One. Fiction and Transnational Identity

 

1. The Transnational Indian Novel in English: Cultural Parasites and Postcolonial Praxis, Pramod K. Nayar

 

2. Capturing a Nation: The Elusiveness of Cultural Identity in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Tanja Stampfl

 
3. Lost in Transition, or A Life in Between: The Move from Empire to Nation in Pascali’s Island, 
Andrea Rosso Efthymiou

 

Part Two. Nonfiction as Identity Forger

 

4. Creating Ethnic Memory: Takuhi Tovmasyan’s “Merry Meals”, Gönül Pultar

 

5. Foreign News: A Flagship of the Nation in an Age of Globalization, Anna Roosvall

 
6. “Malaysia: Truly Asia”: Double Consciousness in Malaysia’s Tourism Advertising, or The Double Jeopardy of Being Malaysian, 
Dawn Morais

 

Part Three. Performing Identity

 

7. “Was guckst Du?”/“Whaddaya lookin’ at?”: De/Constructing Germanness in Prime-Time Ethnic Turkish-German Humor, Dorothea Fischer-Hornung

 

8. Blackface Minstrelsy and Ethnic Identity as Globalized Market Commodities, Cathy Covell Waegner

 
9. Albert Isaac Bezzerides: Translating Ethnicity from Fiction to Film, 
Yiorgos Kalogeras

 
10. National Identities at Leisure: The Case of Theme Parks, 
Simona Sangiorgi

 

Part Four. Identity Formation in the Post-Soviet Space

 

11. Patterns of Identity Formation in the Post-Soviet Space: Odessa as a Case Study, Abel Polese

 

12. The Role of the Turkic Component in Current Kazakhstani Identity Formation, Timur Kozyrev

 
13. Globalization as Fuel, Ethnicity as Engine: How Markets Reactivate Local Culture, 
Emil Nasritdinov and Kevin O'Connor

 

Part Five. The New Eastern Question: Nationhood Between Faith and Modernity

 

14. “The Nation and Its Fragments”: Examining the Indian and the Egyptian Nationalist Models, Samaa Gamie

 

15. Building a Diaspora, Adopting a New Nationality: Egyptian Copts in the United States, Fouad N. Ibrahim and Barbara Ibrahim

 
16. The Politics of Identity in Lebanon: The Case of Hizballah, 
Samer Abboud

 

Part Six. Positions

 

17. American, United Statian, Usamerican, or Gringo?, Luís Cláudio Villafañe G. Santos

 

18. Nation-State, National Identity, and National Culture in the Era of Globalization, Grigol Ubiria