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alterity

alterity  

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1. In postmodern, poststructuralist cultural theory, otherness or a radical sense of difference. See also other.2. In existentialist discourse, a sense of alienation or separation from other people.
ambivalence

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n. (in psychology) the condition of holding opposite feelings (such as love and hate) for the same person or object. This can cause relationship difficulties and pathological grief reactions.
bricolage

bricolage  

The appropriation of pre-existing materials that are ready-to-hand to create something new (Lévi-Strauss). This creation both reflects and constructs the bricoleur's identity. The term is widely used ...
contact zone

contact zone  

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Mary Louise Pratt's term in Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992) for social places (understood geographically) and spaces (understood ethnographically) where disparate cultures ...
ethnicity

ethnicity  

A term for the ethnic group to which people belong. Usually it refers to group identity based on culture, religion, traditions, and customs. In some contexts, it is a “politically correct” term ...
Homi Bhabha

Homi Bhabha  

(1949–)An Indian-born, but American-based literary critic and theorist, Bhabha is one of the three most prominent postcolonial theorists of recent times, along with Edward Said and Gayatri Spivak. Of ...
postcolonial literature

postcolonial literature  

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A category devised to replace and expand upon what was once in Britain called Commonwealth Literature. As a label, it thus covers a very wide range of writings from countries that were once colonies ...
postcolonialism

postcolonialism  

(cultural theory)A field of study concerned with the critical analysis of the ideological impact of Western imperialism and its continuing influence (neocolonialism). ‘Post-’ does not signify that ...
syncretism

syncretism  

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The attempt to combine opposing doctrines and practices, especially in reference to philosophical and religious systems. The term came into prominence in the 17th cent. when it was applied to the ...
Third Space

Third Space  

A creative space that lies between the discourse or position of the ruling subject and the discourse or position of the subaltern subject. This, according to the term's originator Homi Bhabha, is ...

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