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Peripheral Visions / Global SoundsFrom Galicia to the World$
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José Colmeiro

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940308

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940308.001.0001

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Introduction: Peripheries are not what they used to be

Introduction: Peripheries are not what they used to be

(p.1) Introduction: Peripheries are not what they used to be
Peripheral Visions / Global Sounds

José Colmeiro

Liverpool University Press

The introduction challenges traditional notions of peripherality as subordinate, marginal or invisible, resituating Galician culture in the new global map. This perspectival shift turns the periphery/center dichotomy upside down: the end of the known world, which we know as the land’s end, can also be the beginning of another one. The periphery could be seen then as the frontier of new spaces to be explored, an area that allows freer experimentation on the fringes of the mainstream, therefore holding a cutting edge position in the vanguard of cultural (ex-)changes. The periphery could also be understood as a border zone where boundaries are porous, cultures, languages and traditions cross, and where tensions can generate creative and enriching possibilities; a space of gravitational tensions, towards and against the center, and of contacts with other centers and other peripheries.

Keywords:   Globalization, Deperipheralization, Galician audiovisual culture

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