Crossing the Boundaries in Gaelic Fiction

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The social articulation of difference, from the minority perspective, is a complex, on-going negotiation that seeks to authorize cultural hybridities that emerge in moments of historical transformation. The ‘right’ to signify from the periphery of authorized power and privilege does not depend on the persistence of tradition; it is resourced by the power of tradition to be reinscribed through the conditions of contingency and contradictoriness that attend upon the lives of those who are ‘in the minority’. The recognition that tradition bestows is a partial form of identification. (Bhabha 2007, 3)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-112
Number of pages18
JournalScottish Gaelic Studies
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

I wish to express my gratitude to the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen for financial and other support to present an early version of part of the current research at a conference in Vancouver, Canada in 2013. I am also grateful to audience members at the conference for their support and helpful suggestions.


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