Global Culture/Individual Identity
Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket
By (author) Gordon Mathews
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Global Culture/Individual Identity by Gordon Mathews
Book DescriptionMost people still think of themselves as belonging to a particular culture. Yet today, many of us who live in affluent societies choose aspects of our lives from a global cultural supermarket, whether in terms of food, the arts or spiritual beliefs. So if roots are becoming simply one more consumer choice, can we still claim to possess a fundamental cultural identity? Global Culture/Individual Identity focuses on three groups for whom the tension between a particular national culture and the global cultural supermarket is especially acute: Japanese artists, American religious seekers and Hong Kong intellectuals after the handover to China. These ethnographic case studies form the basis for a theory of culture which we can all see reflected in our own lives. Gordon Mathews opens up the complex and debated topics of globalization, culture and identity in a clear and lively style.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415206150
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gordon Mathews
Hong Kong, China, Hardback (July 2007)
Explores the processes through which the people of Hong Kong are "learning to belong to a nation" by examining their relationship with the Chinese nation and state. This book considers the complex meanings of and debates over national identity in Hong Kong and is aimed at students and scholars of Chinese history, cultural studies, and nationalism.
Japan's Changing Generations, Hardback (November 2003)
This title shows how young people in Japan are thinking about their bodies and identities, their social relationships, and their employment and parenting, in new and generationally contextual ways, that may help to create a future Japan quite different from Japan of the recent past.
Global Culture/Individual Identity, Paperback (March 2000)» View all books by Gordon Mathews
Gordon Mathews opens up the complex and debated topics of globalisation, culture and identity in a clear and lively style. His book will be an illuminating and valuable read to social and cultural anthropologists and students.
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Author Biography - Gordon Mathews
Gordon Mathews is associate professor of anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the author of What Makes Life Worth Living? How Japanese and Americans Make Sense of Their Worlds.
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