Thursday, April 23, 2015

Race and Bhabha

"Social differences are not simply given to experience through an already authenticated cultural tradition; they are the signs of the emergence of community envisaged as a project – at once a vision and a construction – that takes you ‘beyond’ yourself in order to return, in a spirit of revision and reconstruction, to the political conditions of the present”

I chose this quote from Bhabha because I took it as, how you portray yourself in any culture is only based on the social characteristics of one’s culture. Although it does play a part, it isn’t based on just that. Who you are is based on multiple factors and the culture behind race, gender, etc is only one contributing factor.
The picture I used was of two children of different races, whether it's African-American, American, Asian, etc, it doesn't matter because it's how our society constructs them. There culture is changing because of what is around them instead of the history of their culture.


  1. Despite the spelling error in the last sentence (there for their), it's your best moment, identifying how culture is affected by the signs around it-- how Bhabha would argue all cultural identity is constructed by relationships with "others," by difference between cultures. But this post doesn't quite get to the key points of Bhabha, both because it is very brief and because it doesn't seem to have a grasp of the kind of role the interstices are playing... Hopefully you are more comfortable now that we've had class discussion, but come see me if you want to talk through it some more!

  2. I see where you were going with the photo you posted above. But as Robin said, Bhabha talks about the need for borders to exist in order to understand an individual subject. Without the other subjects to compare the primary one to, it wouldn't be necessary to have a word to describe it. In relation to race, I agree that our culture is changing because of what is around our youth but in relation to Bhabha I would say that the appreciation and acceptance of other cultures is growing due to the boundaries used to separate them are being blurred or faded. The less need we have of the borders the less important they will seem to society. Hopefully eventually there will be no need for borders and we can think of everyone in the world as just people not different people.