"The identity process is culturally embedded."

Is the following then possible?

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

  • 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

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.


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.

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

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