Monday, July 16, 2007

Identity in Postcolonial world

I recently read some stuff from Walter Breuggemann on how words and language in fact construct the worlds we live in. It sort of ties in with postcolonial theory- which in my view provides a coherant arguement for understanding our racial identities
(the worlds we live in)as socially constructed and therefor fluid. This understanding stands against the essentialist view, so endemic in the discourses on what it means to be African and the deeper discourse on race and racism. If identity is then constructed, then it follows that Africanist views, which sometimse smacks a racial fundamantalism need to be reviewed in favour of an understanding that Africa belongs to thos who live in her, irrespective of colour, genealogical background, etc. If a different African is possible then a different Africa can be imagined.