n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - "Kartoffeln statt Döner!" - Zur Problematik kultureller Identität unter den Bedingungen der Globalisierung

Volume 43, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



In the 18th century, Johann Gottfried Herder introduced the traditional concept of ex-clusive cultures. Ever since culture has been defined as the unifying element of a collective, disregarding any differences and as 'Volkskultur' (culture of a people) it was related to the homogenising concept of a nation. Lately the phenomenon of globalisation has led to the erosion of this once stable concept which used to vouch for identity. This process questions the underlying concept of culture altogether. By referring to current socio-political trends in Germany, this article illustrates how concepts of culture influence the perception of (cultural) reality and how they simultaneously determine the understanding and treatment of cultural identities.

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