|Mabandine DJAGRI TEMOUKALE, Otherness in Buchi Emecheta’s The New Tribe|
Otherness in Buchi Emecheta’s The New Tribe
Mabandine DJAGRI TEMOUKALE,
University of Kara, Togo.
Abstract: Otherness consists in ascribing and applying negative values to individuals who are
very often from minority and less powerful groups in order to show how inferior they are as
compared to dominating groups. The discourse produced in this regard by the dominating
groups which consider themselves as the Self gives birth to xenophobia and hatred toward the
dominated groups labelled as the Other. In the light of Postcolonial criticism, this article
attempts to discuss Otherness in Buchi Emecheta‟s The New Tribe in order to expose
mechanisms through which the Self and the Other are constructed and show inconsistencies in
the discourse produced by some characters in this regard. It will also show strategies
mobilised by Buchi Emecheta in her narrative to bring the Self and the Other into dialogue in
order to lay bare prejudices which nourish this bipolarisation in human encounters.