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Culture and Dialogue Vol.3, No. 2 (2013) Issue on "Identity and Dialogue"

Editor(s): Gerald Cipriani

Book Description

Volume 3 Number 2 of Culture and Dialogue focuses on the theme of “identity and dialogue.” All the essays gathered in this volume address issues of identity with concrete examples and from different perspectives, be they art, philosophy, politics, religion, gender, or ethnic studies. All essays describe and question the relational element at work in identity formation within different cultural contexts, such as Japan, America, Corsica, Mongolia, Norway, Australia, Italy, and Ireland. Hiroshi Yoshioka offers a topical critique of what lays behind the fashionable self-portrait of Japanese cultural identity as Cool Japan in all its uniqueness. Sandra Wawrytko addresses the sensitive issue of gun culture in American identity by resorting to Mahāyāna Buddhist conceptions of failed interconnectedness. Dominique Verdoni discusses cultural identity formation with particular reference to the Corsican language and literature against the background of more dominant or regulating cultures. Angelika Böck shows how art practice can disclose the processes involved in any attempts to represent otherness, including when different groups such as Mongolian herders, Sami singers, and Australian Aboriginal hunters use other cultural codes and perspectives. Francesca Pierini critically reflects upon the culturally biased ways in which Anglo-American literature has traditionally portrayed Italian culture —an orientalised imagined identity. The selection of essays closes with Hannah Hale’s study on a very specific aspect of gender identity formation: how eating and drinking habits shape the development of masculinities within a community of students. All essays, in one way or another, disclose how identity formation is conditioned by, or emerges from, relationships between self and otherness, inside and outside, or minor and dominant cultures. As paradoxical as it may seem, the more we relate to each other, the more identity becomes an issue.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5548-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5548-0
Date of Publication: 01/02/2014
Pages / Size: 98 / A4 portrait
Price: £24.99


Gerald Cipriani teaches in the Department of Philosophy at National University of Ireland, Galway. He is of Corsican Irish origins and lived for a number of years in France, England and Wales. He studied Western aesthetics with a full doctoral scholarship in Leeds (LMU) and East Asian philosophy in London (SOAS). He has taught philosophy of art and culture for some twenty years in Europe and East Asia. Amongst others, he was Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design; British Academy Fellow at Kyoto University; Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University of Arts; Visiting Scholar at the University of Helsinki; and Professor at Kyushu University. He is chair of the International Research Group for Culture and Dialogue, chief editor of the journals Culture and Dialogue and, with Arto Haapala, Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, and general editor of the publication series of aesthetic aphorisms Figural. He is also the editor of Art for Social Change and Cultural Awakening (Lexington Books, 2013) and Chinese Environmental Aesthetics (Routledge, 2014). He has published widely in his field, and his current writing focuses on dialogical aesthetics.