Challenging Euro-America's Politics of Identity: The Return by Jorge Luis Andrade Fernandes

By Jorge Luis Andrade Fernandes

During this interesting booklet, Jorge Luis Andrade Fernandes significantly examines the effect of colonialism and postcolonial migration at the politics and identification of Euro-American imperial powers. It considers how ‘outsiders’ are a part of the development of the ‘native’ identification of the countryside, and likewise how they problem its crucial coherence after they ‘return’ to the centre in our more and more globalized global. undertaking a theoretically-motivated dialogue of a variety of resources (film, fiction, political thought and country policy); the amount strains the nomadic circulation of our bodies throughout nationwide frontiers, supporting us to question any usual hyperlink among geographical regions and identities, and among areas and peoples. this isn't simply a theoretical challenge, as Fernandes relates it to the very present drawback of nativistic / multicultural identification within the West. He examines how politics takes form in transnational social and cultural encounters, and the way this new politics is not only approximately containing extraterrestrial beings, but in addition includes fruitful chances for various modes of being. tough Euro-America's Politics of identification could be of curiosity to complicated scholars and students in politics, geography, postcolonial reviews, cultural experiences, African and African-American reports, comparative literature, American reviews, and Ethnic reviews.

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While I will address the rearticulation of nationalism in Chapter 4, in what follows I interrogate the condition of possibility for cosmopolitanism as a fundamental humanist allegiance. The cosmopolitan assignation, which until recently was the exclusive preserve of affluent and well-traveled Westerners, has entered our lexicon as a descriptor of a generalized condition of being-in-the-world. It is now as applicable to the Western traveler as it is to postcolonial migrants. The decreased resistance of borders and the escalating pace of cultural encounters have compelled us to seek discursive structures that permit a reconfiguration Can the postcolonial be cosmopolitan?

In Malintzin’s names she finds not the continuum of a statist history, but the dispersals and movements of migrancy. Anzaldu´a thus suggests that the Chicana, as a migrant, is the embodiment of la Malinche, the ‘‘translated woman’’ whose boundary-crossing tongue transcends the limits of the nation. ’’87 La Malinche, as a literary and historical instantiation of Sycoraxian dispersal, foregrounds the essential distinction between Caliban’s nationalist capture and Sycorax’s creolist movements. The Sycoraxian tongue unmasks the monotopic illusion that links language and nation, and reveals the statist violence that preserves the delusion of being-at-one with the nation.

118 The meta-archipelago thus redefines the concept of a diaspora. It dissociates the diaspora from its myth of a geographical return, setting it afloat in a nomadic space. ’’: a eulogy for Caliban This dissociation complicates the imperial allocution that conjoins literatures, languages, and cultures into geopolitical nation-states. ’’119 Rather, it offers that all homelands are always homelands of the mind. This is not, however, to deny the existence of geopolitical entities called India, Africa, the United States, or Mexico.

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