Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

6. Reply to Craig Martin: “The Other Is Not”: Mediating Specialness and Specificity

Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

K. Merinda Simmons [+-]
University of Alabama
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K. Merinda Simmons is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Director of the Religion in Culture MA Program at the University of Alabama. Her books include Changing the Subject: Writing Women across the African Diaspora (Ohio State UP, 2014), The Trouble with Post-Blackness (co-edited with Houston A. Baker, Jr., Columbia UP, 2015), and Race and New Modernisms (co-authored with James A. Crank, Bloomsbury, 2019). She is editor of the book series Concepts in the Study of Religion: Critical Primers (Equinox).

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This reply to Craig Martin’s “When Is It OK to Borrow?” returns to the discussion of power dynamics involved in narrative acts that describe particular histories of race and experience. Those dynamics are likewise at work in classifying whether various depictions and narratives are nuanced introspections or, following up on Martin’s response, cultural appropriations. The question of what kind of priority is given to various identifications—and who gets engage in such ranking—should be considered in relation to Martin’s helpful challenge to think in terms of the “material consequences of such scholarly claims about syncretism.” In taking up this question, I argue that the problem is not with appropriation so much as it with the authenticity claims contained therein.

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Simmons, K. Merinda. 6. Reply to Craig Martin: “The Other Is Not”: Mediating Specialness and Specificity. Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 106-114 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781790731. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35643. Date accessed: 13 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35643. Jan 2019

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