World Traveling and Code Switching
I wanted to go back to Maria Lugones article about world traveling after thinking about this concept in our daily lives. I recall in class when we did a comparison between world traveling and code switching through investigating their differences. In short, some aspects of world traveling included being present and listening, a goal of being at ease, and participating and observing in a open and accepting environment. We discussed code switching as a product and knowing what is expected and trying to fit into a particular situation instead of experiencing it with fewer predefined expectations. Lugones' idea of traveling between many worlds presents an idea similar to code switching but with different intentions: "Those of us who are "world"-travellers have the distinct experience of being different in different "worlds" and of having the capacity to remember other "worlds" and ourselves in them" (11). Through experiencing these different worlds, world travellers are able to be comfortable and expose themselves to many different environments and experiences shifts in their personality and ways they act. Lugones emphasizes that these are often not conscious and happen naturally due to the environment they are in (11). This differes from code swtiching where there are often active attempts to change oneself to fit into a situation. After reading this article and thinking about it in the context of daily experiences, there are many instances of code switching that happen regularly and shape the way we learn, act, and are perceived by others. For instance, the concept of interviewing, an increasing factor in many of our lives, depends on individuals acting in a certain way in a specific moment. Individuals change the way that they act in an interview to fit the needs and desires of the interviewer or organization; although these aspects could be part of one's identity, it is necessary to change how you present yourself as a reflection of proving how you understand a situation. Also, at placement it is common for students to switch between home and school identities or even to change based on who they socialize or study with. I am curious to what extent we change the way we act, or code switch, in order to fit into particular situations. From exploring what it means to be literate this semester, it seems as though it is necessary to change yourself to fit into different situations ranging from a student to a woman in Zimbabwe. To what extent are we world travelling and how often is a blance of code switching and world travelling performed? I think after reading this article it is difficult to consider what each of us does everyday as we interact in and adapt to new situations; this article encouraged me to reflect on how I and others act in accordance to what we think, do, and say.