Johnson, Christian Bernadotte (2004) Identification : a surrealist voyage between memory and the imagination. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
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This thesis explores the process of identification as a continuous articulation of culturally constructed choices, influenced by memory, the mass media, social relations and the imagination. Identification is shown to serve as a mechanism of social accommodation within transforming cultural environments. To shed light on how cultural identification functions as a process of social cohesion and separation, I conducted a self-involved multi-site and multidimensional research focused on several 'traditional' cultural practices among Ecuadorian migrants in several locations, including Queens, New Jersey, Montreal and Ecuador. Through its supporting observations, this thesis highlights: the engagement with tradition, as a continuous creative process; the choices that individuals and groups make in order to become culturally visible or invisible during the process of migration; the consumption of symbolic products associated with embodied memories; and the construction of modern houses in rural areas back home as representations of personal achievement and as part of a process of social transformation, among migrants who have become physically displaced from their original social milieu.
|Divisions:||Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology|
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Authors:||Johnson, Christian Bernadotte|
|Pagination:||vi, 208 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.|
|Program:||Sociology and Anthropology|
|Thesis Supervisor(s):||Howes, David|
|Deposited By:||Concordia University Libraries|
|Deposited On:||18 Aug 2011 14:10|
|Last Modified:||18 Aug 2011 14:10|
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