Borders, Exiles, Diasporas. Edited by elazar barkan and marie-denise shelton. Cultural Sitings Series. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998. Pp. xiv + 342. $49.50 (cloth); $18.95 (paper). Given the aggravated flows of globalization we now experience on the home front as well as the siren call of postcolonial hybridity, semiotic mobility and mixture turn the landscape of national belonging into a more hybrid ethnoscape of transnational becoming. Capitalist flight and informational imbalance, not to mention cybernetic hypertechnologies of interconnection, create a world in flux and geopolitical becoming. "Homeland" is becoming an uncanny mess of globalization and localizing forces that disturb the frameworks of nation-state modernity and national canons of self representation. Tropes of traveling and figurations of cultural-political displacement have emerged, thereby, to pack ambivalent ingredients and historical discrepancies into the uneven makings of some "imagined transnational community." Migrants of labor class and professional management expertise; tourists of exotic otherness; pilgrimages to and from ex-sites of the sacred; nomads of stateless becoming; borderlands of transcultural shuttling; diasporas of ambivalent belonging; exiles of coerced or principled distancing--all these and more now call out to be articulated and historicized as constituencies of refigured postcolonial identity within the emerging global/local antidiscipline (literary/
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 1, 2001
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