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Crossing Cultural Boundaries

Taboo, Bodies and Identities

Editor(s): Lili Hernández

Book Description

To cross boundaries, to go beyond borders: an evocative idea, but what are the implications and consequences of transgression? How are boundaries challenged, redefined and overcome within the intricacies of taboos, bodies and identities? Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Taboos, Bodies and Identities brings together a range of articles that address this theme using different frameworks of interpretation.

As in the case of taboo, boundaries are often internalised and may function as regulators for a society. Their existence becomes visible the moment they are violated. The essays in this book explore voluntary and accidental encounters with boundaries not only from theoretical perspectives but also from the experience of those who are part of transitions on a regular basis in their everyday lives. The notion of otherness is central to the articles in this book. The definition and interpretation of cultural others become part and parcel of the process of negotiation of bodies and identities. While ‘the other’ is marked by outward bodily signs, spaces, taboos and cultural practices, the self is empowered by resisting submission to dominant modes and descriptions. Deconstructing boundaries becomes part of the project of redefining the self.

This book will appeal to academics and researchers in communications, cultural studies, sociology, health sciences, anthropology, literature, and applied linguistics.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1234-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1234-X
Date of Publication: 01/09/2009
Pages / Size: 215 / A5
Price: £39.99


Lili Hernández is a lecturer in international communications at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China. She is currently working on how immigrants remain outsiders in enigmatic modern China.

Sabine Krajewski is a lecturer in international communications in the department of Media, Music and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She is currently working on how intercultural transitions are implicated in identities and bodies.