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Complex relations of the material travelling world


Polina Golovátina-Mora

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Sede Central, Medellín, CO
About Polina

Profesora del Departamento de Comunicación Social-Periodismo de la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Medellín, Colombia) y fotógrafa. Su investigación abarca varios temas relacionados con la cultura pop, lo monstruoso como un reflejo de los problemas sociales actuales, las alternativas teóricas a las visiones convencionales sobre organización social y política, la naturaleza y los elementos en el folclore y sus significados sociales y ambientales, así como temas de estética urbana crítica. Ha publicado artículos y capítulos de libros en ruso, inglés y español.

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Based on in-depth interviews, the present paper discusses individual discourses related to the personal and collective identities of five participants. Overall, the interviewees find it difficult to define their identity in the established terms, yet they have quite a strong sense of the direction in which their identity is transforming in terms of goals, dreams, aspirations and spirituality, just to name a few. This article outlines the author’s understanding of the notion of identity from a relational approach while focusing on relations with non-human and non-living subjects. As nomads, interviewees assert they do not develop long lasting attachments to objects, however, when discussing their life stories and everyday practices, it is possible to see the anchors they choose in constructing their identities. Everydayness is considered the most adequate setting for a critical study of social practices, emotions, relations and experiences of participants in their diversity. Identity appears as a transformation, a change, a constant play of differences challenging one another, reconfirming each other and deconstructing/ reconstructing one another.

How to Cite: Golovátina-Mora, P., 2018. Complex relations of the material travelling world. Digithum, (22), p.None. DOI:
Published on 21 Aug 2018.
Peer Reviewed


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