Threshold Theories Defined and Enacted
This introductory chapter calls attention to the limitations of oppositional politics in initiating change, particularly due to the underlying binary systems on which oppositional epistemologies and practices are generally based. At the same time this chapter advocates for a post-oppositional resistance as an alternative to conventional oppositional thinking and scholarship. These alternatives are described as “threshold theories” to underscore their nonbinary, liminal, potentially transformative status. Threshold theories facilitate and enact movements “betwixt and between” divergent worlds, enabling us to establish fresh connections among distinct (and sometimes contradictory) perspectives, realities, peoples, theories, texts, and/or worldviews. Finally, this chapter looks at Gloria Anzaldúa's theories and practice of nepantleras and nepantla to consider some of the forms that these nonoppositional threshold theories can take.
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