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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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A Place Called Home: Identity and the Cultural Politics of Difference

Jonathan Rutherford

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pp. 9-27

When I began thinking about difference I was drawn to that 'boy's own' fantasy of Lawrence of Arabia. It didn't surprise me when it reappeared, to much critical acclaim, on the big screen. It wasn't just my own feelings of masculine nostalgia that were pulled in its direction. ...

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Feminism: Dead or Alive?

Andrea Stuart

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pp. 28-42

A recent article in Cosmopolitan, 'If Feminism is Finished Where do we go From Here',1 summed up many women's profoundly ambivalent attitude towards feminism. On the one hand, whether we acknowledge it or not, most of us have a great deal invested in feminist dreams about female autonomy and independence. ...

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Welcome to the Jungle: Identity and Diversity in Postmodern Politics

Kobena Mercer

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pp. 43-71

Just now everybody wants to talk about 'identity'. As a keyword in contemporary politics it has taken on so many different connotations that sometimes it is obvious that people are not even talking about the same thing. One thing at least is clear – identity only becomes an issue when it is in crisis, when something assumed to be fixed, ...

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Confinement

Frances Angela

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pp. 72-87

This work is about my life, about old and new struggles. One of these photographs represents my grandmother, a significant figure in my early life. Others feature my mother, although in some it is difficult to say whether it is her or me. The pictures touch on different themes: childhood, fantasy, sexuality, religion, desire and pleasure, mental illness and class. ...

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The Value of Difference

Jeffrey Weeks

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pp. 88-100

Identity is about belonging, about what you have in common with some people and what differentiates you from others. At its most basic it gives you a sense of personal location, the stable core to your individuality. But it is also about your social relationships, your complex involvement with others, and in the modern world these have become ever more complex and confusing. ...

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Black Feminism: the Politics of Articulation

Pratibha Parmar

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pp. 101-126

Black British women are part of many diasporas. All aspects of our photographic, literary and visual representation are organically informed by and shaped through our historical memories and the raw cultural signs and processes of our subjectivities as black British. ...

Live for Sharam and die for Izzat

Zarina Bhimji

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pp. 127-156

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Practices of Freedom: 'Citizenship' and the Politics of Identity in the Age of AIDS

Simon Watney

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pp. 157-187

The relentlessly deepening AIDS crisis raises profound questions for all nations, ranging from community needs to adequate health-care provision. This is especially the case in the United Kingdom, where the epidemic coincides with a major ideological dispute about medical and welfare entitlements, ...

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A Nasty Piece of Work: a Psychoanalytic Study of Sexual and Racial Difference in 'Mona Lisa'

Lola Young

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pp. 188-206

Frantz Fanon, the Black psychiatrist who fought for Algeria's liberation from French rule, wrote in France in the early 1950s that 'if one wants to understand the racial situation psychoanalytically ... as it is experienced by individual consciousness, considerable importance must be given to sexual phenomena'.1 ...

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Interview with Homi Bhabha: The Third Space

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pp. 207-221

Homi Bhabha lectures in English and Literary Theory at Sussex University. His writing on colonialism, race, identity and difference have been an important influence on debates in cultural politics. His own essays will be collected into a single volume, The Location of Culture, and he is editor of another collection of essays, Nation and Narration (both published by Routledge). ...

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Cultural Identity and Diaspora

Stuart Hall

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pp. 222-237

A new cinema of the Caribbean is emerging, joining the company of the other 'Third Cinemas'. It is related to, but different from the vibrant film and other forms of visual representation of the Afro-Caribbean (and Asian) 'blacks' of the diasporas of the West – the new post-colonial subjects. ...

Biographical Notes

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pp. 238-239