Doing Identity in Luxembourg

Subjective Appropriations – Institutional Attributions – Socio-Cultural Milieus

Luxembourg – international financial center, European administrative center, destination country for immigration? This empirical study provides insights about a society that has hitherto largely eluded scientific investigation and observes the processes of identity construction in globalised conditions.

The interdisciplinary team of authors exposes the processes of subjective appropriations and institutional attributions at work in the fields of languages, spaces, perceptions of self and others as well as everyday cultures, and identifies for the first time socio-cultural milieus in the Grand Duchy. The findings of the three-year research project uncover the ambivalences and dynamics of a multicultural and multilingual society.

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24 June 2011, 298 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-1667-5

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1.»Books the world doesn't need. Why is this not the case for your publication? The originality of this book is its unusual – for the object in question – ›interdisciplinary‹ approach to individual and institutional identification processes and the systematic analysis of the interdependence and interplay between various forms of personal and collective identification.

2. Which novel points of view does your publication offer?

The book overcomes essentialist perspectives by showing that identity constructions are neither objective nor closed processes. Rather it reveals the ambivalences and contradictions inherent to social practices and thus highlights the socio-constructivist character of identities. This reveals hybridities that escape the prevalent rigid and seemingly familiar constructions of order.

3. What is the significance of the subject in current debates?

The poststructuralist approach of this study unmasks the diversity and complexity of identity construction and puts special emphasis on the interaction between attributed and appropriated identities. This particular analytical focus in turn allows us to reveal the intricacies of the construction process of so-called ›desirable‹ and ›lived‹ identities. The confrontation of and divergences between these different forms of identity construction as analytical categories can be considered an innovative approach to the study of identity construction.

4. With whom would you most like to discuss your publication?

Lydia Martens, Joep Leerssen, Henk van Houtum, Michael Vester, Andreas Reckwitz, Jürgen Straub, Renate Höfer, Heiner Keupp, Armin Nassehi, Benno Werlen, Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink, Ludger Pries, Jürgen Bolten.

5. Your book in one sentence:

The interdisciplinary approach of this book generates insights into the processes of construction and appropriation of both individual and collective identities in the specifically multicultural setting of Luxembourg.

Book title
Doing Identity in Luxembourg Subjective Appropriations – Institutional Attributions – Socio-Cultural Milieus
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 11 SW-Abbildungen, 57 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
Release date
24 June 2011
Kultur, Europa
Sociology, Geography, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Regional Sciences, European Ethnology, Migration Studies
Identity, Luxembourg, Milieus, Culture, Interdisciplinarity, Europe, Cultural Studies

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