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Writing Diaspora in the West

Intimacy, Identity and the New Marginalism

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 140-179

About this book


In this bold intervention into the understanding of the diasporic experience within cultural studies, McCarthy challenges a critical position emergent over the last thirty years (what he calls the 'new marginalism'). He confronts the liberal orthodoxies that prevail in this area, exposing contradictions in the thinking of its major theorists.


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About the authors

PETER MCCARTHY is Research Fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Bibliographic information


'Not shying away from controversy, indeed inviting it, Peter McCarthy has written a bold book that deconstructs the assumptions of diaspora studies. He demonstrates that postcolonial and poststructuralist theorists have appropriated and identified with the subject of their study - marginalization. By adopting epistemological privilege for the diasporic experience, they claim explanatory insight into human affairs. The book will both infuriate and inspire those interested in diaspora, transnationalism, and postcolonialism.' - Gregory Jusdanis, Distinguished Humanities Professor, Ohio State University, USA