London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Transcultural identity

Author(s) Berg, W.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
Initially, traditional approaches to culture (in close relationship to states and territories) are rejected. Instead, culture is a seen as system of items, i.e. of rules (meanings, norms, habits) and things (symbols, products, tools) people apply or use in daily life. Different items have different ranges. Thus multicultural society and the globalised world are like a storehouse, with items from almost everywhere. Individuals have to work out their identity in an environment which offers more and more different cultural items. To illustrate this approach, this research analyses biographies of young people, some with a migrant background, some without.

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