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Friday, 27 June 2008

Local identity?

The notion of identity related to a geographically limited area is an instrument of constructing cultural meaning and value, but any kind of constructed identity is the possible object of change. Therefore the construction of identity could become a question of language, cultural power and public discussion.

Local identity is the outcome of community symbols and constructions of meaning and distinction. When someone talks about local identity they usually refer to ´spatial qualities´, ´characteristics or qualities of the inhabitants´, ´social conditions´ or ´culture and history´. Communities have an identity that can be formulated, interpreted and used as an instrument for understanding, acting and designing for local identity. (Amundsen, 2000)

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