Emily S. Lee teaches philosophy at California State University at Fullerton. She received her PhD in philosophy from StonyBrook University in 2005. Her previous articles include: “The Meaning of Visible Differences of the Body” and “Towards a Lived Understanding of Race and Sex.” She is currently working on a book project concerning the phenomenology of race.
A Phenomenology for Homi Bhabha's Postcolonial Metropolitan Subject
Version of Record online: 2 MAR 2010
2008 The University of Memphis
The Southern Journal of Philosophy
Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 537–557, Winter 2008
How to Cite
Lee, E. S. (2008), A Phenomenology for Homi Bhabha's Postcolonial Metropolitan Subject. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 46: 537–557. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2008.tb00084.x
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Homi Bhabha attends to the figure of the postcolonial metropolitan subject — a racialized subject who is not representative of the first world, yet a symbol of the metropolitan sphere. Bhabha describes their daily lives as inextricably split or doubled. His analysis cannot account for the agonistic moments when one is caught in not knowing, in focusing attention, and in developing understanding. Maurice Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology with the openness in the horizon of the gestaltian framework better accounts for such splits as moments on the horizon for becoming and grasping something new.