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Globalization, Cultural Identities, and Media Representations

Natascha Gentz, Stefan Kramer

Publication Year: 2006

Globalization, Cultural Identities, and Media Representations provides a multidirectional approach for understanding the role of media in constructing cultural identities in a newly globalized media environment. The contributors cover a wide range of topics from different geopolitical areas, historical periods, and media genres. Case studies examined include the shift from print to Internet, local representations of modern world cinema and glo/cal television, narrative strategies in transnational literature, and cultural economics of the mediation of world music in India, China, Algeria, Israel, Europe, and the United States. This case study approach allows for deeper insights into the complexity of each cultural subsystem as part of the whole media culture system. This book exemplifies a transcultural and transdisciplinary dialogue that maps out new—relocalized—territories and borders for mediated cultural identities and also reveals the complexity and connectedness of all of these discourses.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Series: SUNY series, Explorations in Postcolonial Studies


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This volume is a selection of contributions from the international conference “Cultural Identities and Media Representations,”held at the University of Constance in September 2001. Our first thanks goes to the members of the Collaborative Research Center 511, Literature and Anthropology, of the University of Constance, who generously sponsored this project and made it possible to bring...

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Introduction: Media of Culture and the Culture of the Media

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pp. 1-10

This volume presents a range of explorations in the field of transcultural media studies, which aim to open up new paths for understanding the role of media in the construction of cultural identities. This collection highlights new methodological approaches to the field of transcultural media studies and engages in a transdisciplinary discourse, which is not harmonized, but, in its function as an...

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The Printing Press and the Internet: From a Culture of Memory to a Culture of Attention

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pp. 11-23

Media thresholds are always accompanied by reflections about the possibilities of each new medium.1 With every change in the technology of cultural communication, utopian visions and fantasies arise concerning the potential that is released with the advent of a new medium. These visions reveal much about the values, desires, obsessions, and fantasies of the respective era. In this chapter, I...

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Globalization and the Experience of Culture:The Resilience of Nationhood

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pp. 25-44

One of the defining features of the twenty-first century is the increasingly convoluted and complex interplay between localism and globalism, and its implications for the idea of nationhood. Clearly, this process has been in operation for centuries, but the velocity of it has risen sharply during the past fifty years.This interaction has produced remarkable transformations in the spaces of politics,...

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Transcultural Narrations of the Local:Taiwanese Cinema Between Utopia and Heterotopia

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pp. 45-57

From its very beginnings, Taiwan’s cultural self-concept has been characterized by the many and diverse contacts between its societies and the other. This circumstance has repeatedly affected Taiwanese social and cultural self-reflection—both in peaceful and in violent ways. Hence, it has also had a decisive influence on Taiwanese communicative structures and systems of media...

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Garifuna Song, Groove Locale and “World-Music” Mediation

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pp. 59-79

Many observers celebrate the transculturation of local traditional musics as a mutually edifying synthesis of dissimilar cultural influences, conducive to a more generalized democratizing of the planetary sonicsphere, and as a welcome interaction of world musics seen as indexing a more egalitarian “multicultural” future. But this optimistic assessment of affirmative diversity and...

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The Thousand Faces of Xena:Transculturality through Multi-Identity

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pp. 81-97

This chapter examines the television action series Xena: Warrior Princess(XWP) in the context of expanding use of new media, increasing globalization, and the phenomenon of identity detached from place, concluding that XWP is a response to the need for an action hero(ine) capable of respondingto the current crisis of cultural identity as described by Appadurai and others...

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Literature/Identity:Transnationalism, Narrative and Representation

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pp. 99-117

When I suggested the title above for this chapter, my intention was to further pursue a question I had raised in earlier writings: that of the relationship between narrative form and the construction/reception of cultural identity as it appears in Asian-American writing. I will still address this question, but from a perspective that foregrounds the relationship between literature and history....

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How to Get Rid of China:Ethnicity, Memory, and Trauma in Gao Xingjian’s Novel One Man’s Bible

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pp. 119-142

Gao Xingjian has become one of the most prominent “Chinese”writers because he received the Nobel Price for Literature in 2000.This award implies the integration of an author’s oeuvre into the canon of “world literature,” a concept which has been criticised for its imperalist implications or praised as an avenue for breaking the confines of national boundaries...

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Film and Music, or Instabilities of National Identity

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pp. 143-151

Time was when classical music knew its place, or places. Largely immune to cultural wars till the onset of jazz between the wars, it occupied the concert hall as a bourgeois institution, the opera house as a greater social melting pot, Classical music was drawn on by film from the outset of its history, a history of just over one hundred years, embracing nothing less than a new art...

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The Cinematic Support to National(istic) Mythology:The Italian Peplum 1910–1930

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pp. 153-168

Italy’s national unification was realized in 1861 under the auspices of the kingdom of Piemont, but Rome could become the Italian capital only in 1871 when it fought off the Vatican state. (This liberation of Rome in the famous battle of Porta Pia is the subject of the first Italian ‘historical film’ and one of the first fictional...

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Their Master’s Voice?The Coverage of Intifada II on Israeli Television

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pp. 169-179

September 11 has transformed the world and caused me to rethink this essay. I was going to present a local case study—the Israeli case—in order to analyze the transformation undergone by media between the time of the first Intifada (one decade ago) and the present...

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Drifted Liberties and Diffracted Identities?Algerian Audiences and the “Parabola”

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pp. 181-206

Something has happened. A sign of that something is the introduction of satellite television in Algeria.1 After three decades of “monumental history” (Benslama 1995), during which dissension was covered and silenced by the signs of unanimous republican brotherhood of “specific socialism,”2 Algerians have begun to become conscious of divisions and of the powerlessness of...

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The Right to Be Different:Photographic Discourse and Cultural Identity in Hungary

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pp. 207-218

What has happened in Europe since the internal collapse of the Soviet Union is remarkable.Who would have been able to predict that a mere fifteen years afterwards, three former Soviet Republics—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania— and four former “brother states” under Communist...


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E-ISBN-13: 9780791482094
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791466834
Print-ISBN-10: 0791466833

Page Count: 242
Publication Year: 2006

Series Title: SUNY series, Explorations in Postcolonial Studies
Series Editor Byline: Emmanuel C. Eze See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 74727738
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  • Ethnology.
  • Globalization.
  • Culture.
  • Mass media and culture.
  • Mass media -- Social aspects.
  • Civilization, Modern -- 1950-.
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