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The play of mirrors Representation of the self and the other in fragmented globalisation

Barbara Henry - 24 novembre 2009 In this paper critical attention is dedicated to concepts that are recognized, though not in an exclusive form, in post-colonial literature and in gender studies. Such categories are: epistemic violence/symbolic violence, repression (psychoanalytical), stereotypes/adaptive preferences [...]


Abstract

In this paper critical attention is dedicated to concepts that are recognized, though not in an exclusive form, in post-colonial literature and in gender studies. Such categories are: epistemic violence/symbolic violence, repression (psychoanalytical), stereotypes/adaptive preferences. One of the specific cognitive interests of post-colonial literature lies in its reference to this last process of  injurious self- identification, i.e. to the processes of interiorization by the victims of negative portrayal/stereotype. Through the  concept of adaptive preferences, already coined and investigated by gender studies, it is possible to define - with greater adequacy with respect to the multiform contexts of oppression and resistance  - the  reciprocity, and often circularity, of the bond between  victims and  authors of injurious acts and violations. 

Key words:

colonialism, epistemic violence/symbolic violence/, stereotypes, adaptive preferences.



Questo testo è stato presentato in occasione dell'annual conference del Global Studies Association:

“Challenging Globalisation”,

Royal Holloway University of London, 2-4 September 2009


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