Response To Nomadic Subjects Essay

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Brandotti's conception of the nomad, as a sort of allegory for post modernist subjectivity, is very interesting. It liberates the mind from the idea of nomadism being related to physical disconnectedness and movement, to something more akin to the cultural identity of the nomad, as being in a state of flux that does not fall into the psychological ruts and categories that typically govern our thought patterns. She demonstrates throughout the essay how we may apply this sort of thought to avoid ethnocentric patterns of thought when we concern ourselves with aesthetics, language, and even every day interactions. It deals intensively with applying this idea of the nomad, and remaining nomadic in our patterns of thought to deal with epistemological study and remaining subjective in these pursuits. By doing this, as Brandotti demonstrates through her writing, we can break free from socially encoded modes of thought.
What I liked most about this conceptualization of consciousness of the nomad is that it leads us to an identity that rests, as she so simply puts it, on contingency. The sense of self in this modeling is truly not self possessed, or wholly belonging to each person, but is shaped by an infinite number of interconnected variables such as culture, language, tradition, geopolitical situation, and social status. To critical theory, this allows us far more flexibility in the understanding of how non rigid culture truly, when viewed through the proper lens of course, and how it may reassimilate and even flourish after drastic change.
We see this process of reassimilation and reformation in the texts that we have reviewed in class, and even in the creole and pigeon languages that form today in the pancultural communities that form as refugees and immigrants band together to support their new found strange neighbors in what to them is a new world. They seek to maintain their cultural identity, not wholly conforming to mainstream culture, but at the same time must remain...

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