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Political/Cultural Identity: Citizens and Nations in a Global Era

by Preston P SAGE Publications Ltd
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This broad-ranging and interdisciplinary text offers a rich overview of political and cultural identity. Changes across the political landscape 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 diverse strands of literature to throw light on the impact on identity of a changing global environment.The book offers a helpful analysis of political, cultural and economic identity which lies 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 Pacific Asia; and the Americas after NAFTA.This unique blend of cultural theory and political analysis offers important and fascinating insights; making Political//Cultural Identity invaluable reading for students and academics across political, social and cultural studies.

An Introduction to the Problem The Received Notions of Identity An Ethnographic/Biographical Approach to Identity The Idea of Political-Cultural Identity Global Changes and New Political-Cultural Identities Changing Political-Cultural Identities in Europe Changing Political-Cultural Identities in the USA Changing Political-Cultural Identities in Pacific Asia Locale, Network and Memory

`A tighly argued examination of the role of identities in contemporary global politics... the book confirms the growing importance of identity issues in IR' - International Affairs

`Political/Cultural Identity is impressive in both its scope and its range. It provides not only an innovative contribution to our understanding of collective identities, but also an authoritative survey of contemporary global change' - Kevin Robins, University of Newcastle

P W Preston is Reader in Political Sociology in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. His recent publications include Political/Cultural Identity (1997) and Pacific Asia in the Global System (1998).