Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History vol:1 issue:2
The diamond frontier described here is not only an intermediate geographical reality on the periphery of two different states. The frontier-setting which I will deal with in this chapter is also a state of mind. It provides a physical and mental landscape in which local and global imaginaries meet and, eventually, merge. The frontier presented here is thus not only political or economical, but above all socio-cultural, in an inventive pot-pourri between 'rural' and 'urban', local and global, 'traditional' and 'modern' categories, practices, mentalities, relationships and belief systems. This paper intends to scrutinize some of this shape-shifting by analyzing how frontier images of the American Wild West, and especially the figure of the Cowboy, are incorporated into and become a constitutive part of a rich conglomerate of isotopic meaning-production.