CULTURALFORMATION, in the BIOGRAPHY section of entries, is one of the 16 major DIV1 content elements defined as integral to mapping a woman's life. It is generally the next element after the BIRTH tag. It refers to the constitution of a British Woman Writer's subjectivity. It can either enclose a general overview of her identity positions or can act as the bucket that holds comment on the more specific elements of RELIGION, CLASS, GENDER, SEXUALITY, RACEANDETHNICITY, and NATIONALITY. This element addresses the imbrication of the triad race/class/gender. We aim to provide our users with two ways of accessing information around issues of a writer's subject positioning. Placing the identifying category elements around her religious denomination (Quaker), sexual identity (lesbian), or nationality (Scottish), for example, will point our end users toward writers whom they may be interested in researching (for example, Contemporary Scottish women's writing). Placing a larger discussion within one of the general sub-elements (CLASSISSUE, RELIGION, etc.) will allow us to extract and compare all significant discussions of certain issues, providing our end users with a complex weave of information through which to analyse the construction of subjectivity.
CULTURALFORMATION has two levels of sub-elements. The first set contains the following anchored sub-elements (placed around discussion of issues) which in turn have their own subject-specific sub-elements. The first set includes CLASSISSUE, GENDERISSUE, NATIONALITYISSUE, RACEANDETHNICITY, RELIGION, and SEXUALITY. Whether or not any sub-element from this first set is selected, the following second set of sub-elements is available (placed around the identifying word or phrase): RACECOLOUR, GENDERIDENTITY, CLASS, NATIONALHERITAGE, NATIONALITY, GEOGHERRITAGE, ETHNICITY, DENOMINATION, LANGUAGE, POLITICALAFFILIATION, SEXUALIDENTITY.