Difference and Belonging
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This chapter explores a number of qualities that 'diasporic spatio-temporalities' might have. These have included the ability to accommodate difference in everyday life through an understanding of temporal 'moments' that differentiate through being lived differently. Certain moments of everyday life play out rhythmically creating difference through repetition and with it another kind of space, what Lefebvre called a 'differential space'. The entwined relationship between space, time and difference is a basis for conceptualising 'diasporic spatio-temporalities' that are produced through the displacement of bodies. The important relations between notions of belonging and inclusion serve as a warning, describing how diasporic subjects come to be marginalised, whether this is through practices of differential inclusion or through not being allowed the capacity to belong. For Badiou, the axioms or laws of set theory that govern the ways in which elements in a set interact, provide a framework for thinking belonging.