Transilvania University of Brasov
This course aims at introducing the fundamental concepts in discussing identity and culture. It focuses on the various mechanisms involved in the production of identity, both personal and collective, with a specific interest in cultural identity. It mainly investigates those cultural identities shaped within the territory of the USA
Course Requirements and Bibliography:
Course attendance is not mandatory
Seminar Attendance is 75% mandatory but it does not bring you any points if unaccompanied by ...view middle of the document...
Students who plagiarize will be unable to take the exam.
1. class contribution/oral presentation (70% of your final grade)
2. written assignment on any of the topics discussed (30%)
Cultural Identities: sameness and difference; nature and culture; personal and collective; Acculturation, Interculturation
Identity and Meaning in the Network Society: The Construction of Identity; Hybridity and Myulti-layered Cultural Identities
Imagined Communities or Communal Images?
Globalization, Informalization and Social Movements
Up in Arms against the New World Order: the American Militia
The Lamas of Apocalypse: Japan's Aum, Al-Qaeda
The Anti-Globalization Movement; Mixing Cultural�Identities through�Transracial Adoption: the American Melting Pot
The Environmental Movement
Social Movements, Family and Sexuality in the Information Age: the crisis of the patriarchal family; the feminist movement; lesbian and gay liberation movements
Globalization and the State
Informational Politics and the Crisis of Democracy
Seminar Outline and Reading Assignments:
Stuart Hall: Who Needs Identity?
Emile Benveniste: Subjectivity in Language
Jacqueline Rose: Feminine Sexuality
Michael Rustin: Psychoanalysis, racism and anti-racism
Marcel MAuss: A Category of the Human Mind: the notion of person, the notion of self
Nikolas Rose: Identity, Genealogy, History
Manuel Castells: The Power of Identity, London: Blackwell, 2008
Ed. Paul de Gay, Jessica Evans, Peter Redman: Identity: A Reader, Sage Publications, 2000