Stuart Hall on diasporic consciousness and dynamic identity

> Salmon Rushdie, who should know, has remarked, ‘having been by the across th world … they are translated men’. They are the product of a diasporic consciousness. They have come to terms with the fact that in the modern world identity is always an open, complex, unfinished game — always under construction. It moves into the future through a symbolic detour through the past, produces new subjects, who bear the traces of the specific histories, traditions and identities that not only formed th m by t enqble them to produce themselves anew and differently.” (From “Our Mongrel Selves” in Selected Political Writings p. 282)