Synopses & Reviews
Transculturalism goes beyond race, religion, sexuality, class, and every sort of classification known to sociologists and marketers. Transculturalists lead lives some may consider unusual. They often think, consume, date, or marry outside of their race, religion, or nationality. They travel on a whim to a faraway lands, dress unconventionally and codify their own styles. They live in areas their parents were once barred from and take jobs previously considered outside of their leagues. They are comfortable listening to, creating, and criticizing music outside of their original cultures and often display high levels of creativity in various progressive disciplines. Some call transculturalists heretics; many call them the future.
Transculturalism: How the World Is Coming Together features contributions from such transculturalist visionaries as photographers Jamel Shabazz, Larry Clark, and Ellen von Unwerth; writers Alix Sharkey, Stephen Greco, and Anicee Gaddis; and includes profiles of celebrity transculturalists Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, and Tiffany Limos.
Transculturalism is about identity, and the modern quest for belonging in these troubled times of conflict and war. Claude Grunitzky and his network of writers and photographers from around the world examine--through essays, analyses, and personal tales--how certain curious, open-minded people manage, through perseverance and affinity, to adapt to new cultures. The basic premise of this optimistic book is that some individuals transcend their initial culture in order to explore, examine, and infiltrate alien cultures. These people are "transculturalists" and their experiences--as seen in the 2002 Census--show that in the future it will become increasingly difficult to identify and separate people according to previously accepted delineations. In essence, Grunitzky and the book's contributors contend that transculturalism defies race, religion, sexuality, class, and every sort of classification known to sociologists and marketers. Transculturalists lead unusual lives: some people call them heretics. They date and marry outside of their race or religion; they date and marry inside of their gender; they travel on a whim and venture into faraway lands; they dress unconventionally, and customize new dress codes regularly; they live in areas their parents were once barred from, and take jobs previously considered outside of their leagues; they listen to, create, and criticize music they are not supposed to listen to; they display high levels of creativity in the arts and other progressive disciplines. Readers are encouraged to post their own personal transcultural tales and commentary on the interactive new website, www.transculturalism.com. Additionally, True Agency and Trace magazine willbe organizing a series of symposiums on Transculturalism worldwide starting in the spring of 2004.
'Transculturalism' is about identity, and the modern quest for belonging in these times of conflict and war.