Conceived thus, culture can be rethought as a unificatory
, rather than reactionary, aesthetic project, one culled from an inherently romantic idea of the subject as a unified being, reconcilable to utopian social designs.
There is a link between the unificatory
urge of modernity, what Nelly Richard calls "the totalizing tendency of a hegemonic culture bent on producing and reproducing a consensus around the models of truth and consumption which it proposes," and the theorizing of union performed by writers like Boyle (6).
Such legitimating, unificatory
sleights of hand, which have drawn a large section of North Americans (mostly white) to identify with various myths of domination, can only be challenged through "concrete" social analysis.