A decentred reading of Zadie Smith’s Swing Time: Voices of cross-cultural belonging
This article explores the dynamics of differentiation through the perspective of a reconceptualised representation of race, identity and cultural belonging that Swing Time brings into scrutiny. Relying on a decentred vision of the on-going problematic of racism, it sketches the various possible ways of re-reading our belonging to the world through the solidarities that bridge humanity into a purely shared heritage through art and dance. By targeting the commonalities in history as basic cornerstones that establish a common lineage, it tries to grasp the confluences that could reconcile the world into its shared heritage. It then strives to redefine our understanding our cultural belonging and living together from a completely different angle that takes us away of all the conflicts and violence that are shaping the world.