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Changing identities through Timothy Mo's characters in Sour Sweet and The Redundancy of Courage

Abstract : The contributors to this volume encourage a re-thinking of the very notion of culture by examining the experiences, situations and the representations of those who chose – or were forced – to change cultures from the nineteenth century to the present day. Beyond a simple study of migration, forced or otherwise, this collective work also re-examines the model of integration. As recent entrants into new social settings may be perceived as affecting the previously-accepted social equilibrium, mechanisms encouraging or inhibiting population flows are sometimes put in place. From this perspective, “integration” may become less a matter of internal choice than an external obligation imposed by the dominant political power, in which case “integration” may only be a euphemism for cultural uniformity. The strategies of cultural survival developed as a reaction to such a rising tide of cultural uniformity can be seen as necessary points of departure for an ever-growing shared multiculturalism. A long-term voluntary commitment to make cultural boundaries more flexible and allow a more engaged individual participation in the process of defining the self and finding its place within a culture in movement may represent a key element for cultural cohesion in a globalized world.
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Iside Costantini. Changing identities through Timothy Mo's characters in Sour Sweet and The Redundancy of Courage. Martine Raibaud, Miceala Symington, Ionut Untea, David Waterman. Cultures in Movement, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.25-38, 2015, 9781443871891. ⟨hal-01124746⟩



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