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Published in: Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism, Volume 18, 2010


Employing the Bakhtinian concept of the dialogical self, this article examines how second-generation West Indian immigrant women negotiate their multiple cultural and national positions in the United States. Further-more, it examines the manner in which the American media, particularly television, are reflective and constitutive of this process of identity formation. The article speaks to the theme of the journal issue in several ways. It highlights the polyphonic voices in the individual, and how these “selves” influence and are influenced by the cultural communities to which the individual belongs. With the “third world” immigrant as its subject, the article also necessarily addresses the relationship between global/ migratory individuals and their diasporic locales, and explores the individual and collective positioning of non-Western “minorities” in dominant Western communities.