< E.K. Du

So the notion that identity is outside representation – that there are ourselves and then the baggage in which we describe ourselves – is untenable. Identity is within discourse, within representation. It is constituted in part by representation. Identity is a narrative of the self; it’s the story we tell about the self in order to know who we are. We impose a structure on it. The most important effect of this reconceptualization of identity is the surreptitious return of difference. Identity is a game that ought to be played against difference. But now we have to think about identity in relation to difference. There are differences between the ways in which genders are socially and psychically constructed. But there is no fixity to those oppositions. It is a relational opposition, it is a relation of difference. So we’re then in the difficult conceptual area of trying to think identity and difference.…there is always a play of identity and difference and always a play of difference across identity. You can’t think of them without each other.

- Stuart Hall, ”Ethnicity: Identity and Difference.” Radical America
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