Stuart Hall, “Cultural Identity and Diaspora”, p. 235.

by tobybee

1911817_595743927163161_1403035761_n“I use this term [diaspora] metaphorically, not literally: diaspora does not refer us to those scattered tribes whose identity can only be secured in relation to some sacred homeland to which they must at all costs return, even if it means pushing other people into the sea. This is the old, the imperialising, the hegemonising, form of ‘ethnicity’. We have seen the fate of the people of Palestine at the hands of this backward-looking conception of diaspora – and the complicity of the West with it. The diaspora experience as I intend it here is defined, not by essence or purity, but by the recognition of a necessary heterogeneity and diversity; by a conception of ‘identity’ which lives with and through, not despite, differ. Diaspora identities are those which are constantly producing and reproducing themselves anew, through transformation and difference.”

(image of “Stuart Hall manning daycare at 1st Women’s conference, Ruskin College, Oxford, 1970” via Africa is a Country)

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