From the Author
My book is the result of theoretical study of critical theory and cultural studies at York University, Canada (Revised Dissertation)and my life-long membership in the community area under study. Informed by my musings over a strategy of synthesis among the theoretical works of Foucault, Laclau and Mouffe, Said, Clifford, Marcus, Reynolds, Davies, Kondo, Willis, Denzin, Richardson, Hall, as well as others hanging around the "Post", I headed back to my home in South Carolina to "Write Culture" among the Native Americans who are still there in what was once known as the unclaimed borderland between North and South Carolina. The "Borderland" is also a metaphor for the life-narratives of a people who have lived within and against multiple histories, cultures, and identities. By way of an alternative ethnography, my informants and I try to come to terms with writing culture from the fragments of histories, and unfinished travels. The end product is a cultural critique that emerges somewhere between identity-as-essence and identity-as-conjuncture. The unfinished quality of the social, as registered in struggles over meanings, is reified as a popular, critical deconstruction of modernist notions of ahistorical and essentialized ethnic cultural and personal identities.
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From the Back Cover
"This book is an insightful and politically important piece of work that uses soundly based fieldwork to interrogate theoretical discussions of identity politics and to contribute to the development of an assumed, but silent/silenced culture. I found this book to be a fascinating piece of work and one which has many implications for aboriginal and nonaboriginal people in various contexts who are struggling to decolonize their lives and to reshape the distorted images that eurocentric thought has created of their histories, relationships and ultimately persistence as peoples. I refer academics and students who are investigating identity and identity politics to this book." Celia Haig-Brown, Ph.D., Director, Graduate Programme in Education, Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto, Canada