Beyond DesireISBN: 9055445584;
Book DescriptionDuring an era in which the cultural world is obsessed with issues of globalization, postcolonialism, and reparations of historical guilt, the implicit aspect of desire is almost never assessed--until now. Beyond Desire focuses on adesiring dialect between the broad "idea" of Africa, on one hand, and Europe on the other. As a starting point for this book, the essayists asked a series of poignant questions: What happens when different cultures meet, and can that meeting be meaningful? How are attitudes--rather than identities--constructed through appropriation or projection in imagery and visualization? How, in the domain of clothing, for example, does the wearing but also the possession of a certain type of clothing or accessory function as a compensatory strategy for certain failures of society, politics, or development? And, is fashion possibly the site for the negotiation of social relationships, local institutions, and transnational connections? ...
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