Mediating Homing Desire
Keywords:diaspora, gender, identity, multiculturalism, home
AbstractThis paper takes the concept of Ã¢â¬ÅhomeÃ¢â¬Â as the entry point into the complex problematics not only of knowledge and representation, but also of what makes these visible, that is, notions such as: diaspora, gender, identity. and multiculturalism, as they disrupt the apparent homogeneity of the aforementioned epistemic categories, opening them to questions and re-considerations. I start by examining different definitions of Ã¢â¬ÅhomeÃ¢â¬Â to then situate my (critical) inquiry into the dispersed interval open within this approach. I continue by arguing that Ã¢â¬ÅhomeÃ¢â¬Â is not a matter (only) of either epistemology (that is, Ã¢â¬Åknowing homeÃ¢â¬Â/ Ã¢â¬Åwhere/what home isÃ¢â¬Â) or of ontology (for instance, Ã¢â¬Åbeing at homeÃ¢â¬Â/ Ã¢â¬Âaway from homeÃ¢â¬Â), but most importantly of uneven becoming. It is a process of becoming that needs to rethink the notion of Ã¢â¬ÅhomeÃ¢â¬Â to include its own otherness, its own Ã¢â¬Åforeignness-to-itself.Ã¢â¬Â It is a process that involves not only the understanding of home and the formation of the identity (politics) of a diasporic community, but also of the structural dynamics of desire and affect as formative of both the self and the diasporic community within the larger dynamics of globalization processes.
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