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Diasporic Inhabitations book
This chapter concerns the connection between the inhabitation of space and the production of agency. Through exploring the specificities of the spatial inhabitations of those in the diaspora, it considers how these differ from those understood as normative within current urban approaches. Perhaps the less perfect and in some ways more problematic mode of agency described by Bhabha, mimicry, has greater potential for thinking more affirmative instances of diasporic agencies. If diasporic agencies reside in the inhabitations of space and in the ways of doing, then the question of representation takes on a crucial role. The diasporic subject is by condition political and one of the central questions for understanding diasporic inhabitations of space is of how people from different backgrounds and cultures can live together. Diasporic inhabitations are thus necessarily non-linear and they open possibilities of operating tactically in everyday life through privileging experience.