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June 02 , 2009

Meaning and Identity

An Interdisciplinary Perspective


Meaning and Identity: An Interdisciplinary Perspective explores the construction of meaning, linguistically and culturally, and the relationship this bears to the production of identity. It looks at meaning and identity from a range of perspectives, including meaning-making and the identity of cities, the construction of national narratives and historical explanation, gender and sexuality, linguistic meaning in the context of poetry and literature, and the role of shared culture on the creation of meaning.

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Some eighteen professors have contributed to this volume, which brings together scholars from a range of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, linguistics, indigenous studies, sociology and social policy, history, international relations, art and art history, media studies, theatre, law and classics.

Each of the main six articles is followed by two responses from scholars outside the author’s discipline. Hence it generates a dialogue and raises a range of issues, classical and contemporary.

This book has wide interest and will be useful to scholars at all levels throughout the humanities and social sciences.



On the Scene: Making Music in Creative Cities by Anita Brady
- Reading Between the Lines of the Creative City by Erin Mercer
- Science Fiction 2001 by Laura Preston

“Love Even But There is Not Identity”: J.C. Beaglehole and the Production of “National” Knowledge in a Transnational Context by Dolores Janiewski
- Woollaston Performing a “Photobomb” of Self by Rebecca Rice
- Ehara i te mea, Nō nāianei te aroha, Nō nga tūpuna, Tuku iho, tuku iho by Brendan Hokowhitu

Post-Marxism and History: Baudrillard and the Classics by Arthur Pomeroy
- Add a Theorist and Stir?: Towards Greater Historial Reflexivity by Ben Thirkell-White
- The Heritages of “Marxism” and Baudrillard’s Influence on Classics by Alexander Maxwell

Augustinian Teleology and an Aspect of Current New Zealand Health Policy by Mark Masterson
- Sex, Knowledge and Politics: Explaining Why Pharmac Does Not Fund Drug Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction by Carol Harrington
- Gender Conforming Bodies: Consent, Sexuality and the Criminal Law by Elisabeth McDonald

Levels of Meaning by J.L. Shaw
- Levels of Meaning: A Response from Linguistic Phenomenology by Sky Marsen
- Discursive Psychology and the Accomplishment of Meaning by Ann Weatherall

“We’re all in this together”: Thinking about Culture, the Same, and Mass by Mike Lloyd
- The Unbearable Lightness of Philosophy: A Response to Sociology’s Mass of Evidence by Sondra Bacharach
- Of Mass, Movement and Everyday Life by Anne Galloway

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