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Borderland Selves: Rethinking Identity in Contemporary Global/Local Articulations
Unformatted Document Text:  influential examples are Grewal and Kaplan’s (eds.) Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (1994); Wilson and Dissanayake’s (eds.) Global/Local: Cultural Production and the Transnational Imaginary (1996); Cvetkovich and Kellner’s (eds.) Articulating the Global and the Local: Globalization and Cultural Studies (1997). These works among others, across different disciplinary orientations and conceptual figures, unambiguously express the current need to rethink the global/local relation and identity formation, theory and politics, amidst the complexities of today’s world; a world whose reality thus continuously mocks and overflows the orderliness of binary representations. As Cvetkovich and Kellner suggest in their introduction: Indeed, in many diverse fields and disciplines, theorists are beginning to consider how global, systemic, and macrostructures and forces interact with local, particular, and micro-conditions and -structures. Such dialectical optics attempt to theorize the intersection of the global and the local, how they interact and mediate each other, and the new constellations being produced by their current interactions. In this way, one overcomes the partiality and one-sidedness of undialectical theories that fail to perceive the ways that the global and the local interact so as to produce new social and cultural constellations (2). Both grounded in these contributions and also in critical relation to some of them, I want to suggest three general and interrelated logics that can open up a different theoretical space, a different domain of inquiry, for understanding the global/local relation and identity formation, and therefore an alternative path to the binary logic underpinning the modernist discourses of individualism and essentialism, and the separation of actor from social relations. These logics are: relationality and singularity, mutual implication and incommensurability, contingency and embodiment. The logic of relationality brings forth the centrality of relationships and interconnections in the constitution of what we consider to be unities, and therefore as a condition of social action, institutions, structures, subjectivity, identity, agency, and society

Authors: Correa, Andres.
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influential examples are Grewal and Kaplan’s (eds.) Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity
and Transnational Feminist Practices (1994); Wilson and Dissanayake’s (eds.)
Global/Local: Cultural Production and the Transnational Imaginary (1996); Cvetkovich
and Kellner’s (eds.) Articulating the Global and the Local: Globalization and Cultural
Studies (1997). These works among others, across different disciplinary orientations and
conceptual figures, unambiguously express the current need to rethink the global/local
relation and identity formation, theory and politics, amidst the complexities of today’s
world; a world whose reality thus continuously mocks and overflows the orderliness of
binary representations. As Cvetkovich and Kellner suggest in their introduction:
Indeed, in many diverse fields and disciplines, theorists are beginning to consider
how global, systemic, and macrostructures and forces interact with local, particular,
and micro-conditions and -structures. Such dialectical optics attempt to theorize the
intersection of the global and the local, how they interact and mediate each other,
and the new constellations being produced by their current interactions. In this way,
one overcomes the partiality and one-sidedness of undialectical theories that fail to
perceive the ways that the global and the local interact so as to produce new social
and cultural constellations (2).

Both grounded in these contributions and also in critical relation to some of them, I
want to suggest three general and interrelated logics that can open up a different theoretical
space, a different domain of inquiry, for understanding the global/local relation and identity
formation, and therefore an alternative path to the binary logic underpinning the modernist
discourses of individualism and essentialism, and the separation of actor from social
relations. These logics are: relationality and singularity, mutual implication and
incommensurability, contingency and embodiment.
The logic of relationality brings forth the centrality of relationships and
interconnections in the constitution of what we consider to be unities, and therefore as a
condition of social action, institutions, structures, subjectivity, identity, agency, and society


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