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Borderland Selves: Rethinking Identity in Contemporary Global/Local Articulations
Unformatted Document Text:  form a certain constellation of practice, significations, and relations, where power intersects with discourse, action intersects with imagination, and therefore practice intersects with meaning – hence intersections that take place neither at the level of structural abstraction, nor at the level of intrapsychic processes and the drives, but at the surface level of occurence. Here I am not attempting to deny the reality and effectivity of social forces, history, institutional arrangements and personal processes, but to underline that they do not exist as a domain of externality or internalized externality somehow divorced from the domain of concrete social action and everyday practices and, for that reason, dislodged from contingency. In this context, agency does not refer to the exercise of will or autonomy, nor to the ability or capacity of subjects to affect their conditions of existence (always appearing as a domain of pure exteriority), but more so as a question about the kind of relational space(s) that is (are) opened up in the interaction between agents, events, and processes (which of course includes questions of access, distribution, enunciation, and positions taken up or to be taken). Agency has to do with the kind of situated and contingent possibilities (both as opportunities and constraints) that are activated within a particular field of forces. (Grossberg, 1996). Contingency does not refer to the present, this is, to the self-presence of the present. Contingency, to invoke Derrida, defers the present, for it is always a becoming and therefore can never be-present as an entity, never secured in advance, never fixed nor stable. The contingent signals the space of the conjunctural, and hence where the tension between continuity and rupture (as synthesis of retentions and protentions) is its defining feature, always expressed in a particular moment of emergence. It signals, in other words, the

Authors: Correa, Andres.
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form a certain constellation of practice, significations, and relations, where power intersects
with discourse, action intersects with imagination, and therefore practice intersects with
meaning – hence intersections that take place neither at the level of structural abstraction,
nor at the level of intrapsychic processes and the drives, but at the surface level of
occurence. Here I am not attempting to deny the reality and effectivity of social forces,
history, institutional arrangements and personal processes, but to underline that they do not
exist as a domain of externality or internalized externality somehow divorced from the
domain of concrete social action and everyday practices and, for that reason, dislodged from
contingency.
In this context, agency does not refer to the exercise of will or autonomy, nor to the
ability or capacity of subjects to affect their conditions of existence (always appearing as a
domain of pure exteriority), but more so as a question about the kind of relational space(s)
that is (are) opened up in the interaction between agents, events, and processes (which of
course includes questions of access, distribution, enunciation, and positions taken up or to be
taken). Agency has to do with the kind of situated and contingent possibilities (both as
opportunities and constraints) that are activated within a particular field of forces.
(Grossberg, 1996).
Contingency does not refer to the present, this is, to the self-presence of the present.
Contingency, to invoke Derrida, defers the present, for it is always a becoming and therefore
can never be-present as an entity, never secured in advance, never fixed nor stable. The
contingent signals the space of the conjunctural, and hence where the tension between
continuity and rupture (as synthesis of retentions and protentions) is its defining feature,
always expressed in a particular moment of emergence. It signals, in other words, the


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