chapter  2
19 Pages

DeCentred threads resist the expected

WithAdrian Holliday, Sara Amadasi

In this chapter, we build on what we learnt in Chapter 1 about what is common about how we can find deCentred threads in uncomfortable third spaces in both distant and near settings. In all three events in Chapter 1 there was an acute unexpectedness in this process – Kati finding threads even without shared language and background, Matt finding threads only as a result of seriously unseating his thinking-as-normal, and the threads in pre-Colombian Texas defying all expectation and being indigestible within the established neoliberal order. Connected with this is the disturbing of the common notion of cultural integration. In none of these accounts did threads depend upon people being ‘the same’ as each other. This is particularly noted in Matt’s encounter with the woman on the train, where the thread could only be forged when it was revealed as an essentialist block to believe that she ‘might be not well-socialised into living here because she only mixed with her own people and was therefore isolated and culturally confused’.