Sunil Bhatia
Connecticut College, USA

E-mail:ssbha@conncol.edu

 

SHIFTING IDENTITIES, TRANSFORMING CULTURES:
DIALOGICAL SELF IN A GLOBAL WORLD

 

This presentation will examine the various ways in which the concept of 'diaspor'" has important implications for understanding the theory of dialogical self in the global context. The discipline of anthropology has been concerned about how the rapid formation of diaspora, the collusion between the first and third world spaces, the spread of global contexts, movement of labor, people, ideas, commodities, artefacts across international borders forces us to examine static notions of culture. It is not surprising that the flux of back and forth movement of migrants across the globe has coincided with the formation of new concepts such as decentering, hyper space, panopticism, deterritorialization, simulacra, marginality, borderlands, transnational and diasporic spheres, core and periphery. In my presentation, I will argue that the idea of a fixed, invariant, and apolitical notion of culture dominates much of the psychology, and as such it needs to be revised and re-examined in light of transnational migration and global movements. In particular, I will map out four important ways in which the concept of culture and identity needs to be problematized and reconfigured by drawing on, and expanding the concept of dialogical self.