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Cultural Decentering and Palimpsests of Identity

Cultural Decentering and Palimpsests of Identity

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« My initial question is prompted by accepting the
challenge presented by the complexity of the
imbrications between borders and mediations that
secretly link the forms and movements of identity: From
where should we think about identity when its referents
and meanings, its territories and discourses, have the
fragile texture of a palimpsest: that text from which an
effaced past emerges tenaciously, if illegibly, between
the lines being written by the present? (…) Two places
seem to me to be strategic for thinking about the
ambiguous and paradoxical transformations of identity:
the nation and the city.»
« My initial question is prompted by accepting the
challenge presented by the complexity of the
imbrications between borders and mediations that
secretly link the forms and movements of identity: From
where should we think about identity when its referents
and meanings, its territories and discourses, have the
fragile texture of a palimpsest: that text from which an
effaced past emerges tenaciously, if illegibly, between
the lines being written by the present? (…) Two places
seem to me to be strategic for thinking about the
ambiguous and paradoxical transformations of identity:
the nation and the city.»

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Cultural Decentring andPalimpsests of Identity
Jesús Martín-Barbero
Translated by Philip Schlesinger and Nancy Morris(In:
Media Development 
Vol. XLIV, Nº1, WACC - The WorldAssociation for Christian Communication, London, 1997 -Paper prepared for the colloquium on 'Cultural Bounda-ries: Identity and Communication in Latin America', 1996)
 
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My initial question is prompted by accepting thechallenge presented by the complexity of theimbrications between borders and mediations thatsecretly link the forms and movements of identity: Fromwhere should we think about identity when its referentsand meanings, its territories and discourses, have thefragile texture of a palimpsest: that text from which aneffaced past emerges tenaciously, if illegibly, betweenthe lines being written by the present? (…) Two placesseem to me to be strategic for thinking about theambiguous and paradoxical transformations of identity:the nation and the city.»
 
 
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The idea of the linear passage from tradition to mod-ernity is replaced by the affirmation that modernity isdefined by the diversity and multiplication of alterna-tives, the ability to associate past and future. There isa complete change of perspective: it was once thoughtthat the modern world was unified and traditional so-ciety was fragmented; today, on the contrary,modernisation seems to be taking us from homogene-ity to heterogeneity.
 Alain Touraine 
To abstract modernisation from its original context issimply to recognise that the processes that shape ithave lost their centre, spreading through the world tothe rhythm of capital formation, the diffusion of knowledge and technologies, the globalization of mass media, the extension of formal schooling, thedizzying circulation of fashions and the universalisa-tion of certain patterns of consumption.
José Joaquín Brunner 
The above passages sum up different points of view aboutthe de-centring of modernity, revealing the diverse scenariosand the contradictory trends that criss-cross the question of identity. While from the centre the focus seems to be on thequestion of how to live with diversity, or, better, how tomake it liveable, from the periphery the question is differ-ent: how to avoid getting lost, being dissolved in the power-ful swell of globalisation that destabilises countries andthreatens the plurality of their cultures.
 
 
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Even the integration process that globalisation imposes onsome stirs up contradictions in its wake. So far as the Euro-pean Community goes, it is still more of an economic thana political entity, as its countries are divided by a vast diver-sity of languages and history. Nonetheless, it does tend tocreate certain conditions of social equality and to reinforcecultural exchange among, and between, its countries. Con-versely, in Latin America, culturally united by language and by long-standing and solid traditions, economic integrationis splintering regional solidarity, especially because of theexclusionary insertion of regional groups into the macro-groups of the North, the Pacific, and of Europe. The de-mands of competitiveness between blocs prevail over thoseof regional co-operation and complementarity. At the levelof the state, there is an evidently increasing acceleration of processes of income concentration, a reduction in socialspending and a deterioration of the public sphere. The ef-fects that these two types of integration are having onidentity movements are already visible. In Europe the ques-tion of stateless nations makes the headlines as they de-mand the right to reshape themselves on the basis of identi-ties that have been diluted or undervalued in the course of nation-state building. This leads to the public strengtheningof their capacity for cultural – particularly audiovisual – production. Meanwhile, by contrast, in Latin America,privately-sponsored initiatives to penetrate the global mar-ket with regional audiovisual collaborations are diminishingthe recognition of that which is Latin American. This is partof a growing trend toward the neutrali-sation and erasure of the signs of national and regional identities. What a para-dox! Seeking international competitiveness, television com-panies increasingly combine scripts and actors from differ-ent countries, melding into the same telenovela a Brazilianor Venezuelan script, Mexican actors, and Colombian or Argentinean directors. The telenovela, which had become a

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