the dialogical self on the boundary?
Date: Wed Feb 09 2005 - 05:41:19 PST
Well, an interesting article again.
I agree with Bhatia & Ram that cultural identity is an ongoing dynamic process.
It s a good thing they have overcome Berrys static view. They sketch a
fascinating picture of the many contradicting experiences, incompatible voices
that play a part in the life of the hyphenized.
I have got a problem too. B & R claim, that they conceive of identity formation
as socially situated. But I didnt think the social situatedness of identity
formation is really part of their framework. Isnt the construction of identity a
joint process in a situation. For instance: a Indian-American girl constructs her
sexual identity more American when dating an American friend than in
relation to her parents. Which voices contribute to this process of identity
formation? Could it be that B & R construct voices too exclusive in the head of
a person? Werent there in Bahktin theory always three voices in a situation: the
voice of the speaker (with her conflicting voices), the listener and the social-
cultural-ethical voice (how are you expected to behave in this situation)? The
result of this three voices together is a unique experience on the boundary.
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