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Is it myth or dilemma to construct and negotiate identities in an increasingly changing and diverse global context?

Rosunee, Nishta D. 2013, Is it myth or dilemma to construct and negotiate identities in an increasingly changing and diverse global context?, International journal of diversity in organizations, communities, and nations: annual review, vol. 12, pp. 43-66.

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Title Is it myth or dilemma to construct and negotiate identities in an increasingly changing and diverse global context?
Author(s) Rosunee, Nishta D.
Journal name International journal of diversity in organizations, communities, and nations: annual review
Volume number 12
Start page 43
End page 66
Total pages 24
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1447-9532
1447-9583
Keyword(s) cross-cultural transitions
identity construction
migration transitions
identity
crisis
nexuses of space
place and time
representation
Summary Identity is complex and it is difficult to come to terms with one’s identity when challenged by cross-cultural and migration transitions and the pressures of globalisation. From such perspectives, I define the terms ‘identity’, and ‘representation’ and how I situate the ‘self’ within such transitions and experiences. Discourses from cultural theorists such as: Zygmunt Bauman, Edward Said, Stuart Hall, Homi Bhabha, Arjun Appadurai and Edward Soja frame notions that support my arguments. My narratives and artworks make reference to my historical legacies, cultural and Diasporic inheritances, sense of belonging from home country and migration transitions. This journey underscores subjectivities in constructing my identities. I describe my own experiences and process of migration transitions to happen within a ‘liminal space,’ as I negotiate and adapt to new social and cultural structures. Through my discussion, I describe how it becomes important to “know who you are” and how to define new ‘spaces’ and parameters of identification and representation. The shifts in ‘spaces’, places’ and new social interaction, I argue indicates hybridity and ambivalences in situating the ‘self’. My arguments extend to reflect on how identity matters, and why it is significant to make it seem present and less as ‘dilemma’ or ‘myth’ in an increasingly diverse, changing and challenging global context.

Language eng
Field of Research 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054652

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Faculty of Arts and Education
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