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Saurabh Dube

In: The SAGE Handbook of Identities

Chapter 7: Critical Crossovers: Postcolonial Perspectives, Subaltern Studies and Cultural Identities

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Critical Crossovers: Postcolonial Perspectives, Subaltern Studies and Cultural Identities
Critical crossovers: Postcolonial perspectives, subaltern studies and cultural identities

This chapter discusses issues of identity as embedded in and articulated by postcolonial perspectives and subaltern studies. In speaking of identities, my reference is to wide-ranging processes of formations of subjects, expressing not only particular personhoods but also collective groupings. Upon such an understanding, identities comprise a crucial means through which social processes are perceived, experienced and articulated. Indeed, defined within historical relationships of production and reproduction, appropriation and approbation, and power and difference, cultural identities (and their mutations) are essential elements in the quotidian constitution (and pervasive transformations) of social worlds. This chapter explores the ways in which postcolonial and subaltern approaches have considered cultural and historical ...

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