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Group Identity in the Renaissance World (Hardback)
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Group Identity in the Renaissance World (Hardback)

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Hardback 394 Pages / Published: 22/08/2011
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This book argues that the Renaissance, long associated with the historical development of individualism, in fact witnessed the emergence of radically new concepts of group identity. From the end of the fifteenth century, rapidly accelerating globalization intensified cross-cultural encounters, destabilized older categories of large- and small-group identity and contributed to the rise of new hybrid group concepts. Drawing on insights from psychoanalysis, linguistics and social network theory, this book advances a theory of 'group subjectivity' - perceptions, fantasies, and patterns of belief that guide the behaviors of individuals in groups and of collectives. Considering not only Europe, but also South Asia, Africa, the Sugar Islands of the Atlantic, the Caribbean world and Brazil, Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski reconsiders the Renaissance in global context, presenting micro-histories of group identity formation, and persuasively argues that we think of that transformational era as a 're-networking' of the world and its peoples, rather than a 'rebirth'.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107003606
Number of pages: 394
Weight: 770 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Wojciehowski weaves [an] erudite, exotic array of six historical moments to challenge in a fundamental way our understanding of the Renaissance.' Journal of Interdisciplinary History
'[O]ffers a compelling, far-reaching perspective on collectives in the period.' Renaissance Quarterly

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