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Identification : a surrealist voyage between memory and the imagination


Identification : a surrealist voyage between memory and the imagination

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.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Thesis Supervisor(s):Howes, David
ID Code:7901
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 18:10
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:31
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