19 June 2007

Local, as in Here

In this light, the concept of the “local” may be reinvented, no longer as the point of reference in a centralizing nation-state formation, but as itself the prime site where the uneven flows of the near and the distant, the immediate and the far, are both consumed and performed in our daily interactions. The local, then, is a geographical location, but it may also encompass all the specific events that condition our interactions with the vastly layered spaces of contemporary cultural formations that fan outward. . . It may also be a vantage point in that the local, as a model of the intersection of contradictory forces, can provide the impetus for critical—and perhaps postcolonial—studies that are attentive to points of intersection between cultures, creative texts, theories, discourses, and transnational movements.

--Roy Miki, “Globalization, (Canadian) Culture, and Critical Pedagogy: A Primer.” In Cynthia Sugars (ed.) Home-Work: Postcolonialism, Pedagogy, & Canadian Literature. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2004. 95-96.


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