The Multicultural Memoir: A Politics of Recognition for the Individual

  • Ulla Rahbek


Rahbek explores memoirs by Sarfraz Manzoor, Sathnam Sanghera, and Xiaolu Guo, focusing in particular on the interlocked issue of recognition, representation, and identity. Taking a point of departure in socio-political and philosophical theories on the politics of recognition and on the notion of identity, the chapter argues that the multicultural memoirs evince what is termed a politics of recognition for the individual, which pivots on notions of freedom and choice. Paying attention to the form and shape of the memoirs, the chapter further argues that the multicultural memoir is inescapably relational, narrating not only the story of the author but also of the author’s significant others, a fact that sets in motion processes of disidentification on the part of the authors.


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  • Ulla Rahbek
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  1. 1.University of CopenhagenKøbenhavn SDenmark

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