Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity / Edition 1

Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity / Edition 1

by Smadar Lavie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822317206

ISBN-13: 9780822317203

Pub. Date: 06/28/1996

Publisher: Duke University Press

Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity challenges conventional understandings of identity based on notions of nation and culture as bounded or discrete. Through careful examinations of various transnational, hybrid, border, and diasporic forces and practices, these essays push at the edge of cultural studies, postmodernism, and postcolonial theory and…  See more details below

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Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity challenges conventional understandings of identity based on notions of nation and culture as bounded or discrete. Through careful examinations of various transnational, hybrid, border, and diasporic forces and practices, these essays push at the edge of cultural studies, postmodernism, and postcolonial theory and raise crucial questions about ethnographic methodology.

This volume exemplifies a cross-disciplinary cultural studies and a concept of culture rooted in lived experience as well as textual readings. Anthropologists and scholars from related fields deploy a range of methodologies and styles of writing to blur and complicate conventional dualisms between authors and subjects of research, home and away, center and periphery, and first and third world. Essays discuss topics such as Rai, a North African pop music viewed as westernized in Algeria and as Arab music in France; the place of Sephardic and Palestinian writers within Israel's Ashkenazic-dominated arts community; and the use and misuse of the concept "postcolonial" as it is applied in various regional contexts.

In exploring histories of displacement and geographies of identity, these essays call for the reconceptualization of theoretical binarisms such as modern and postmodern, colonial and postcolonial. It will be of interest to a broad spectrum of scholars and students concerned with postmodern and postcolonial theory, ethnography, anthropology, and cultural studies.

Contributors. Norma Alarcon, Edward M. Bruner, Nahum D. Chandler, Ruth Frankenberg, Joan Gross, Dorinne Kondo, Kristin Koptiuch, Smadar Lavie, Lata Mani, David McMurray, Kirin Narayan, Greg Sarris, Ted Swedenburg

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822317203
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity1
Living With Miracles: The Politics and Poetics of Writing American Indian Resistance and Identity27
Anzaldua's Frontera: Inscribing Gynetics41
Blowups in the Borderzones: Third World Israeli Authors' Gropings for Home55
The Narrative Production of "Home," Community, and Political Identity in Asian American Theater97
Arab Noise and Ramadan Nights: Rai, Rap, and Franco-Maghrebi Identities119
Tourism in the Balinese Borderzone157
Songs Lodged in Some Hearts. Displacements of Women's Knowledge in Kangra181
"Cultural Defense" and Criminological Displacements: Gender, Race, and (Trans)Nation in the Legal Surveillance of U.S. Diaspora Asians215
The Figure of the X: An Elaboration of the Du Boisian Autobiographical Example235
Crosscurrents, Crosstalk: Race, "Postcoloniality," and the Politics of Location273
Bibliography295
Index325
Contributors333

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