Between The Homeland And The Diaspora
|Author||S. Lily Mendoza|
In the first book-length treatment of the Philippine indigenization movement, S. Lily Mendoza presents a theoretically nuanced engagement of the current debates between deconstructive cultural criticism and the project of indigenization as these play out in Filipino and Filipino American intellectuals' struggles to create spaces of empowerment and cultural recognition for their respective communities.
Using insights from various theoretical perspectives, Mendoza performs a remarkably intricate re-reading of the indigenization narrative within the terms of poststructuralist criticism.
An interesting conclusion of the study is that understanding the ethno-centering gesture implicit in the indigenization imperative among a dis-empowered people versus the ethno-centrism of already powerful and dominant subjects requires vastly differing analytic lenses for adequate interpretation, i.e., a dynamic translation is needed.
In the way such analytic move is done, this book e! ffectively highlights the hidden politics of cultural theorizing in the academy and its potential ramifications in the realm of practical cultural politics.
About the Author.
S. Lily Mendoza (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver where she teaches critical intercultural communication, race, theories of identity and subjectivity, and the intersections between theorizing and cultural politics. Her research interests include the cross-cultural communication of theory, critique of theoretical hegemony, and reconceptualizing debates in identity and subjectivity as translation. She is the recipient of the 2000 Distinguished Scholarship (Dissertation) Award for the International and Intercultural Communication Division, National Communication Association.
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