This examines a significant aspect of contemporary social life: cultural identities and our linguistic means of constructing them. It combines a theoretical re-assessment of processes of identification with case studies of the discourses of three-generation families living in split-border communities along the former 'Iron Curtain'.
ULRIKE HANNA MEINHOF is Professor of German and Cultural Studies at the University of Southampton, UK and a specialist in discourse analysis. She is co-ordinator of two EU Fifth Framework research projects, one on 'European border identities' (www.borderidentities.com) and another on 'Changing City Spaces' (www.citynexus.com) which deals with issues of cultural diversity and migration in seven capital cities in Europe. She is the author or editor of many books. DARIUSZ GALASINSKI is Professor of Discourse and Cultural Studies in the University of Wolverhampton, UK and Visiting Professor