On borders

Toni Morrison speaks volumes in one paragraph on global migration which connects intimately to me as the territorial border through Ulster threatens to cut through my hybrid Irish-British-European identity.  Encouraged by her words, I claim a cross-border culture of belonging in resistance to the threat of disintegration.

The spectacle of mass movement draws attention inevitably to the borders, the porous places, the vulnerable points where the concept of home is seen as being menaced by foreigners. Much of the alarm hovering at the borders, the gates, is stoked, it seems to me, by 1) both the threat and the promise of globalization; and 2) an uneasy relationship with our own foreignness, our own rapidly disintegrating sense of belonging. (Page 94, The Origin of Others Harvard Press ISBN 978-0-674-97645-0)

 

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