chapter  1
An Interpretive Model for Assessing Regional Identity Amidst Change
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Of course, no culture is monolithic, and such a construct as presented above assumes constancy. For example: (1) is it possible for long-standing regional elements to maintain their vibrancy amidst an influx of new cultural influences? (2) Are such regional characteristics equally authentic to new arrivals that bring different priorities and preferences with them from elsewhere? (3) As these old and new traditions interface in built form, is this new vernacular just as authentic? (4) And might we see such hybridized forms resulting from such encounters between local and outside forces offering a different dimension of regional identity?3