Peter Wade

I must read him more seriously but on page 20 he talks about “the ambivalent space between homogenity and heterogeneity” if I am quoting right. Mestizaje means whitening but this sameness depends on heterogeneity, so that you have more people to recruite to mixing and also something to contrast to whiteness.

So he is interested in the kind of ambivalence I am, as well.

I am interested in texts that dislodge the seamlessness of mestizaje (Pick), I have said, or that emphasize conflicts between models of representation (of nation? — see Pick again, or my notes on Pick), but it is more than this. “Evoke and elide” is this ambivalence, this play between heterogeneity and homogeneity, and it is the imperative to see but not to mention (revisit Portocarrero).

It is the ambivalent space.


Race and nation are both gendered as Wade and others have said but I have to review this. It is important in patriarchy and on plantations, of course, to have control of women and offspring, and the Master is the Master because he has all the women, and has all the women because he is the Master.

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  1. Pingback: A bit more from Wade | Seminario Permanente de Teoría y Crítica

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