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Consider:

"The identity process is culturally embedded."

Is the following then possible?

"Cosmopolitanism constitutes the cultural bed of this identity process."

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I've never heard "bed" used in this sense. The closest I can think of which can be used figuratively is "cradle", but I'm not certain it expresses what you want to say. The sentence you give with "bed" has a meaning unclear to me. –  Irene Jan 4 '12 at 10:59
    
I think it works; in the sense of a flowerbed, or bedrock. –  slim Jan 4 '12 at 11:12
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... or "bedded in" –  slim Jan 4 '12 at 15:22
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I like the formulation you are using. It's a rather artistic way for expressing something like

Cosmopolitanism is the cultural foundation of this identity process.

The question is whether being artistic is ok in the context of your writing. I wouldn't use it in science though.

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No. It would probably be understood, but it is not a standard usage, and many readers would question why you are using such an unusual metaphor. "Matrix" or "substrate" are better words.

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and I am questioning it myself! :) –  Benjamin Jan 4 '12 at 11:32
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