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In this respect I would like to think that I am proposing a possible answer to Shohat’s question of how we can: negotiate sameness and difference within the framework of a ‘post-colonial’ whose ‘post’ emphasizes rupture and deemphasizes sameness. (Shohat, 1992, 106) But even more so, I would like to think that I am contributing with an analytical framework that heeds a call set forth by Pieterse. Pieterse is also concerned about how we can differentiate the concept of hybridity, how we can ‘deepen and fine-tune our perspective on hybridity’ (Pieterse, 2001, 220).

Translated to Bakhtinian terms, hybridity as an assertion of radical difference is a highly centrifugal kind of 46 Migration Literature and Hybridity hybridity in which heterogeneity is released with the aim of suspending the centripetal forces of sameness, regulation and homogenisation. However, as noted before, there is a dichotomising tendency in such ideas that pits Sameness and Identity against Difference, or Homogeneity against Heterogeneity, Being against Becoming, and this dichotomisation lingers in Deleuze’s own choice of words as he tends to speak of the subjugation of Difference by Representation in rather exaggerated or hyberbolic language.

With reference to Bakhtin, Werbner says that intentional hybridity is a form of ironic double-consciousness, a deliberate ‘collision between different points of view’, an artistic intervention which fuses the unfusable. Moreover, Werbner explains, intentional hybridity works as a calculated, provocative, aesthetic challenge to an implicit social order or idea of identity, countering instances of monological ideologies and discursive constructions of cultures and languages as pure (see Werbner, 1997, 5).

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