Kristeva is referring in this essay to the entry of the child into language and, as a consequence, to control over its environment. It may be valid to ask in which instances migrants, who are often positioned as children, are permitted to grow up? When may they gain their cultural franchise? What space may migrants name and hence claim? Professor Kiernan’s paper this morning referred to Australian culture as one composed of‘the outcasts and the rejected’. In that case, what should those groups construct who have so far, in turn, been excluded even from such a territory? Is ‘culture’ indeed predicated upon the process of exclusion?
Gunew, Sneja, Migrant Writing: promising territory, Kunapipi, 6(1), 1984.