Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket

Global Culture/Individual Identity: Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket

by Gordon Mathews
     
 

Most 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

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Overview

Most 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415206167
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/05/2000
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

1. On the Meaning of Culture

2. What in the World is Japanese? On the Cultural Identities of Kotoists, Calligraphers, Bebop Pianists, and Punk Rockers

3. What in the World is American? On the Cultural Identities of Evangelical Christians, Spiritual Searchers, and Tibetan Buddhists

4. What in the World is Chinese? On the Cultural Identities of Hong Kong Intellectuals in the Shadow and Wake of 1 July 1997

5. Searching for Home in the Cultural Supermarket

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