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Borderland Selves: Rethinking Identity in Contemporary Global/Local Articulations
Unformatted Document Text:  theory (Hall, 1996; Grossberg, 1992; Laclau and Mouffe, 1985; Chang, 1996), to name but a few. In this paper 1 I want to explore some theoretical openings that can contribute to a rethinking of identity formation and the articulation of the global and the local beyond binary restrictions. In this context, I will suggest three interrelated logics: relationality and singularity, mutual implication and incommensurability, contingency and embodiment. Broadly, through these logics I will suggest that it is within the continuous oscillation and mutual specification between the global (the universal) and the local (the particular) where the process of identity formation (individual or collective) becomes intelligible and possible to be reimagined. Identity then, emerges more as a field of relationality than as an essence; no longer a metaphysical or fixed reality (autonomously created or imposed from the outside) but a dynamic system defined simultaneously by the possibilities and constraints present in the field of relations that constitute, contingently, our sense and practice of “being”, which, as I argue, is always (and should be more properly understood as) a becoming. From this perspective, I am interested in looking at the interface between the global and the local, the relational space where identity is articulated and mobilized, and also in exploring some implications of this process for thinking in new possibilities of theoretical and political practice. In the context of globalization theory, particularly throughout the last decade, an increasing number of theoretical works have been devoted to explicitly address and formulate alternatives to binary understandings of the relation between the global and the local, homogenization and heterogenization, identity and difference. Some recent and 1 This paper is part of the author’s M.A. thesis project: The Global/Local Tension and Identity Formation: Beyond the Binaries of Contemporary Globalization and Identity Theory.

Authors: Correa, Andres.
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theory (Hall, 1996; Grossberg, 1992; Laclau and Mouffe, 1985; Chang, 1996), to name but a
few.
In this paper
1
I want to explore some theoretical openings that can contribute to a
rethinking of identity formation and the articulation of the global and the local beyond
binary restrictions. In this context, I will suggest three interrelated logics: relationality and
singularity, mutual implication and incommensurability, contingency and embodiment.
Broadly, through these logics I will suggest that it is within the continuous oscillation and
mutual specification between the global (the universal) and the local (the particular) where
the process of identity formation (individual or collective) becomes intelligible and possible
to be reimagined. Identity then, emerges more as a field of relationality than as an essence;
no longer a metaphysical or fixed reality (autonomously created or imposed from the
outside) but a dynamic system defined simultaneously by the possibilities and constraints
present in the field of relations that constitute, contingently, our sense and practice of
“being”, which, as I argue, is always (and should be more properly understood as) a
becoming. From this perspective, I am interested in looking at the interface between the
global and the local, the relational space where identity is articulated and mobilized, and
also in exploring some implications of this process for thinking in new possibilities of
theoretical and political practice.
In the context of globalization theory, particularly throughout the last decade, an
increasing number of theoretical works have been devoted to explicitly address and
formulate alternatives to binary understandings of the relation between the global and the
local, homogenization and heterogenization, identity and difference. Some recent and
1
This paper is part of the author’s M.A. thesis project: The Global/Local Tension and Identity Formation:
Beyond the Binaries of Contemporary Globalization and Identity Theory.


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