Gender Identities in a Globalized World
Barcelona, Spain | October 12-14, 2006Meeting Summary:
A salient feature of modern social structure is the massive de-institutionalization of behavior, with the result that the entire weight of defining one’s identity rests on the shoulders of each individual. Likewise, a salient feature of globalization is the availability of elements from all cultures to every individual.
We could therefore say that, from a structural point of view, the modern individual is confronted with the titanic task of defining his or her personal identity through the development of a more or less original lifestyle. This is also the case as we consider the processes leading to the definition of gender identity.
In fact, the definition of gender identity is actually one of the instances in which we can best recognize the ambivalence of the process of individualization. On the one hand, to the extent that traditional characterizations of gender have been de-institutionalized, contemporary individuals enjoy more flexibility to develop individual ways of realizing gender identity. At the same time, however, it seems as if the traditional references once available in the social sphere are now being replaced by references provided by the media.
At the individual level, we find that neither social structure nor media-culture has the last word in matters of defining one’s identity. After all, human beings are not merely the result of the intersection of social structures; they have minds and bodies of their own. Furthermore, they develop a variety of relationships whose impact on the definition of their identity does not simply derive either from social structure or media-culture.
This experts meeting explored the possibilities and risks involved in the de-institutionalization of gender.
· In what sense have modernization and globalization affected the redefinition of modern identity and the proliferation of different lifestyles?
· How have these processes influenced the de-institutionalization of gender?
· How can we best describe and evaluate the consequences of this de-institutionalization?
· What alternative ways have people found to develop and reinforce their gender identity?
· What is the role of the body and of social interaction in the definition of gender identity?
· What is the role of family and school in the definition of gender identity of children and young people?
· What is the role of the media? How can we measure the influence of media-culture in this regard?
- University of Adelaide
Re-thinking Hegemonic Masculinity in a Globalizing World
Carol Gould -
George Mason University
Women's Human Rights in a Culturally Diverse World
- City University of New York
Gender Identity and the Ethics of Care
Michael Kimmel -
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Masculinities and Globalization
Emanuela Mora -
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Fashion and Masculine Identities in Globalized Italy
Lucia Ruggerone -
Università della Valle d’AostaBodies Between Genders: In Search of New Forms of Identity
Victor J. Seidler
- Goldsmiths, University of London
Transforming Masculinities in a Globalized World
Shelley Wilcox -
San Francisco State University
Who Pays for Cosmopolitan Gender Identities?
- Princeton UniversityPersonal Identity: A Revised Aristotelian Approach
Ann M. Brach -
National Academy of Sciences
Colin Campbell –
University of York
Allan Carlson -
The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society
Paloma Durán -
Universidad Complutense de MadridMarianne Law -
Department for Trade and Industry, UK Government
Alejandro Nestor Garcia -
University of Navarra
Nira Yuval-Davis -
University of East London
Moderator:Ana Marta González
- University of Navarra
Prometheus books published the presentations in one volume. This is what the publisher has to say about Gender Identities in a Globalized World
- This cross-disciplinary collection of essays focuses on gender from multiple perspectives, touching on a variety of aspects that range from specific tendencies, such as fashion, to general trends connected to globalization, human dignity, and world migration. The main themes include human rights, political economy, cultural diversity, democracy, immigration, dignity, care, and shifts in hegemonic male models of societies.
The volume differs from others published on gender as it focuses on the impact of globalization on gender identities, and examines the potential for global masculinities and feminisms, as well as the implications that these might have on the local level. The multidisciplinary approach allows for analysis of the topic from several different points of view and methodologies.
The pioneering studies in this unique volume will be of great interest to sociologists, feminists, philosophers, and scholars and students of gender identity and globalization trends.
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