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By Timothy B. Powell. Cultural studies has reached a theoretical impasse.

By Timothy B. Beyond the Binary: Reconstructing Cultural Identity in a Multicultural Context. The time has come, therefore, to initiate a new critical epoch, a period of cultural reconstruction in which "identity" is reconfigured in the midst of a multiplicity of cultural influences that more closely resembles what Homi Bhabha has called the "lived perplexity" of people's lives and that more accurately reflects the multicultural complexities that have historically characterized "American" identity. This is not to say, however, that this initial phase of binary analysis was not terribly important and absolutely necessary.

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In Ruthless Democracy, Timothy Powell reimagines the canonical origins of "American" identity by juxtaposing . Moving beyond the polarizing rhetoric of the culture wars, Powell grounds his multicultural conception of American identity in careful historical analysis.

In Ruthless Democracy, Timothy Powell reimagines the canonical origins of "American" identity by juxtaposing authors such as Hawthorne, Melville, and Thoreau with Native American, African American, and women authors. Taking his title from Melville, Powell identifies an unresolvable conflict between America's multicultural history and its violent will to monoculturalism.

Beyond the Binary: Reconstructing Cultural Identity in a Multicultural Context. Powell, Timothy B. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1999. Nichoson-Smith, Donald. New York: Zone Books, 1995. Ed. Nude Venuses, Medusa's Body and Phantom Limbs: Disability and Visuality. Unconscious Crime: Mental Absence and Criminal Responsibility in Victorian London.

Historical Multiculturalism: Cultural Complexity in the First Native American Novel. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1999. Online ISBN 978-0-230-61954-8. eBook Packages Palgrave Literature & Performing Arts Collection. Personalised recommendations. Learn More at LibraryThing. ISBN 9780813526225 (978-0-8135-2622-5) Softcover, Rutgers University Press, 1999. Find signed collectible books: 'Beyond the Binary: Reconstructing Cultural Identity In a Multicultural Context'. Timothy Powell at LibraryThing.

Cultural identity refers to the psychological connection between an individual's self and a culture. In this paper, we identify three components that make up an individual's cultural identity – cultural knowledge, category label, and social connections. The cultural knowledge component connects an individual with a culture through the individual's direct endorsement of what are widely known to be the culture's central characteristics.

Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory. Re-Thinking Cultural Identity. Timothy B. TERM Spring '12. PROFESSOR Susan. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000. The Myth of Multiculturalism and Other Political Fables. Ethnicity, Power and Politics in Canada.

Reconstructing Chinese Literary Discourse. Cultural Dialogue and Misreading.

The identity of the "multicultural," far from being frozen in a social . This boundary of cultural identity plays a large part in determining the individual's ability to relate to other cultural systems.

The identity of the "multicultural," far from being frozen in a social character, is more fluid and mobile, more susceptible to change, more open to variation. It is an identity based not on a "belongingness" which implies either owning or being owned by culture, but on a style of self-consciousness that is capable of negotiating ever new formations of reality. Cultural identity, in the sense that it is a functioning aspect of individual personality, is a fundamental symbol of a person's existence. It is in reference to the individual that the concept is used in this paper.

"Beyond the Binary offers a coherently presented collection of uniformly strong essays that speak to what is perhaps the most widely discussed, contested and conflicted topic in the study of US culture. It joins the growing body of work that seeks to move beyond identity politics and racial essentialism to formulate racial identity as a more complex series of social, cultural and political gestures." -Priscilla Wald, author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form and Constituting Americans

Cultural studies have reached a theoretical impasse. As scholars continue to topple the previously entrenched concept of Eurocentrism, this field has fragmented into works covering many separate cultural enclaves. In the first wave of this "post-Eurocentric" scholarship, a binary model ensued, using the designations of "Self" and "Other:" i.e., black/white, gay/straight. This model, however, also has found disfavor. As a result, recent scholarship has focused on a single group studied in isolation.

What is needed is a new critical phase of reconstruction that will bring discussion of these disparate cultural enclaves back into a more organized, critical sphere. Researchers must have the necessary conceptual tools so they can study the ways in which cultures overlap, intersect, or else violently conflict with one another.

Beyond the Binary: Reconstructing Cultural Identity in a Multicultural Context addresses this theoretical impasse by proposing new critical models that fully engage the dilemmas posed by multiculturalism. Rather than becoming entangled in the polarizing rhetoric of the culture wars, these essays are firmly grounded in the lived perplexities of specific historical moments. One piece, for example, considers the cultural identity of "freaks" exhibited in P. T. Barnum's circus, the contested place of hemophiliacs within Queer Nation, and "white" working-class musicians who proudly proclaim themselves to be "black lesbians."

Beyond the Binary is meant to be read in its entirety as a many-voiced narrative dedicated to bringing the divisions within cultural studies back into contact with one another. By doing so, Powell ushers in a new era of multicultural analysis that recognizes the historical existence of racism, yet also acknowledges the dynamic fluidity of cultural identity.

Beyond the Binary: Reconstructing Cultural Identity In a Multicultural Context epub download

ISBN13: 978-0813526218

ISBN: 0813526213

Author: Timothy Powell

Category: Social Sciences

Subcategory: Social Sciences

Language: English

Publisher: Rutgers University Press (May 1, 1999)

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