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Transitional Selves
Possibilities for Identity in a Plurified World

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ISBN 9781032125435
May 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
288 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book engages with the ethics and practices of identity formation in a world experiencing identity stress. It engages with crucial questions such as: What models are shaping our view of ourselves and the society in which we live? What images ground our perception of what is true and real? How have the images been historically produced? What are the effects of such models on definitions of self? Should we break free from these images if we get to know what they are? Is it possible to change our models in order to create freer identities?

Through a range of distinctive lenses, the essays in the volume deals with the ideas of the ‘liminal self’, the ‘digital self’, ‘identities in flux’, and offers up ‘anthropologies of self/selves’ that situates current identity processes within their cultures and explores strategies and dilemmas from this perspective. This key volume will be of interest to scholars and researchers of literary stories, critical theory, social theory, social anthropology, philosophy, and political philosophy.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Becoming Blind So We Can See

Sohail Inayatullah

1. Introduction: Identity and Becoming in a Plurified World

Marcus Bussey, Meera Chakravorty, Camila Mozzini-Alister


Part 1: Liminal Identities

2. “Who am I?”: Vertigo and the Identity Threshold

Marcus Bussey

3. The Creative Self: Artistic Performance and the Making and Finding of Identity

John Clammer

4. Ecological Identity through Dialogue

Charles Scott

5. On the Crossroads: Hard and Soft Paths at the Centre of International Education

José van den Akker

6. Transilient identities: Creating queer fictive narratives for transmodern cultural realities

Gil Douglas


Part 2: Digital Identities

7. Oceanic Medium: Technology, Identity and Maritime Imagination in Vilém Flusser

Erick Felinto

8. Virtual Belonging in a Plurified World: online culture and how the formation of the digital ‘I’ impacts an individual’s sense of belonging

Ginna Brock

9. The soul of the profile: The subtle link between the practices of mediation and meditation

Camila Mozzini-Alister

10. Identity and political polarization in post-industrial capitalism

Petter Törnberg


Part 3: Identities in Flux

11. A plunge into the inner self: Reflections about spiritual identity in Neohumanist philosophy

Rachel Andriollo Trovarelli  

12. Transitional Self:  The Other Being

Meera Chakravorty

13. Identity as a construct: Possibilities of Self-Transcendence

Saji Varghese

14. Identity and Ahimsa

Ananta Kumar Giri


Part 4 Anthropologies of Identity

15. Messengers and Media Messages: Learning, Knowledge and Identity of Muslim Women in India

Zazie Bowen

16. ‘It just became awesome to be different’: Indian Young Women Feeling Sexy and Different in the Diaspora

Catherine Rita Volpe

17. High tide or low tide: the navigation of modernity, tradition and kava

Madigan Paine

18. The Ayahuasca Voices: an earthly consciousness

Guillermo Giucci and Sebastián Torterola

19. Identity, culture and migration: A personal narrative of an emergent self

Dexter Da Silva

20. It is Hard Being a Whole in a World that Sees You in Parts

Cherie Minniecon



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Marcus Bussey is Deputy Head, School of Social Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. As a cultural theorist, historian, and futurist he works on cultural processes that energise social transformation. He uses futures thinking and embodied workshops to challenge the dominant beliefs and assumptions that constrain human responses to rapid cultural, social, environmental, and technological change.

Meera Chakravorty is a Research Faculty in the Department of Cultural Studies, Jain University, Bangalore, India. She has been a member of the Karnataka State Women’s Commission, Bangalore. Her engagement has been with Philosophy, Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies Consciousness Studies and Translation projects.

Camila Mozzini-Alister is an adjunct research fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia. Her research affinities are in the interfaces between body, digital mediation, tantric meditation, desire for omnipresence, affection, migration, as well as her work as a performing artist.