The first volume of the two-volume book publication entitled "Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging", which stems out of the four-day international conference under the same title organized by Interdisciplinary.Net at Mansfield College, Oxford University, in September 2012, aims not only at exploring the concepts of "identity", "difference" and "belonging" from a theoretical perspective, but more importantly at relating them empirically to multicultural contexts that shed a better light on the concepts in question. Both volumes are composed of chapters under various themes that provide an analytical analysis on how individuals choose and shift from one identity to the other as well as how they voluntarily and involuntarily belong to one or the other group thus shaping the very fabrics of a multicultural environment. This first volume entitled "Identity, Difference and Belonging" is composed of nine chapters that are divided under two main themes, namely: (1) Making and Negotiating Identities: Education, Religion and Culture; and (2) Making Identities: Cultural Representations.
Dina Mansour holds a PhD in "Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability" with a specialization in Political Economy and Human Rights with a regional focus on the Middle-East region in general and Egypt in particular. She currently works as a (part-time) Research Assistant at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Sebastian Ille is a Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Economics and Management at the Sant'Anna School for Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy specialising in evolutionary game theory, complex system and conflict theory and is working on strategic interactions and the evolution of norms, conventions and identity groups. Andrew Milne is a PhD researcher at the Universite Catholique de l'Ouest and at the University of Angers, France. He is a Lecturer in English at the Political Science Institute of Toulouse (Sciences-Po), France where he also holds the position of Coordinator of International Relations & Pedagogical Director of the Political Studies International Certificate.
Introduction: Identity, Difference and Belonging Dina Mansour, Andrew Milne and Sebastian Ille Part I Making and Negotiating Identities: Education, Religion and Culture Clash of Identities: Understanding Social Conflict in Post-Arab Spring Egypt Dina Mansour, Sebastian Ille and Mervat Madkour Religious Education, Knowledge and Power: Religion as Discursive Construction in New Zealand Primary Schools Helen Bradstock Nation and Violence: A Path through Identity Nicole Tressoldi Between Coexistence and Dissolution: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina Aleksandar Savanovia and Aleksandar Vranjes Part II Making Identities: Cultural Representations Transgressing Boundaries: Nigerian Hip Hop and the Signifying Other Yomi Olusegun-Joseph The Cleft Identity of Jayanta Mahapatra at the End of Words Sreekanth Kopuri Resisting, Enduring and Embracing Multiculturalism in Michael Gregorio's Days of Atonement Roxanne Barbara Doerr A Convergence of Cultures: Mariano Fortuny and His Clothing Designs Wendy Ligon Smith Chinese Producers, Indian Directors and Malay Actors: Role and Contribution of Cultural Conflict in Malay Films of the Golden Age Ramachandran Ponnan
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