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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
|Introduction. Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity||1|
|Living With Miracles: The Politics and Poetics of Writing American Indian Resistance and Identity||27|
|Anzaldua's Frontera: Inscribing Gynetics||41|
|Blowups in the Borderzones: Third World Israeli Authors' Gropings for Home||55|
|The Narrative Production of "Home," Community, and Political Identity in Asian American Theater||97|
|Arab Noise and Ramadan Nights: Rai, Rap, and Franco-Maghrebi Identities||119|
|Tourism in the Balinese Borderzone||157|
|Songs Lodged in Some Hearts. Displacements of Women's Knowledge in Kangra||181|
|"Cultural Defense" and Criminological Displacements: Gender, Race, and (Trans)Nation in the Legal Surveillance of U.S. Diaspora Asians||215|
|The Figure of the X: An Elaboration of the Du Boisian Autobiographical Example||235|
|Crosscurrents, Crosstalk: Race, "Postcoloniality," and the Politics of Location||273|