Contact zone in other case is a deeper in depth analyze on my social space than a utopian community that is expressing a more general sense in my social space



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Contact zone in other case is a deeper in depth analyze on my social space than a utopian community that is expressing a more general sense in my social space. In other words, it is not only the goals that members share to create the purpose of the tennis team. Contact zone as Pratt points out is focusing on the two power relations that clash together within a social space. “ I use this term to refer to social spaces where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths as they are lived out in many parts of the world today” (Pratt 501). In that case, Varsity Tennis Team can truly define what Pratt meant as a social space that is view as a contact zone. Contact zone in my tennis team is portraying as dominants are taking over the subordinates. Autoethnography is point of view that is express by other group about your group. In this case, my coach a dominant power tells the subordinate members that each member will take turn in playing tennis match against other school. But she fails to acknowledge that she is actually contradicting her point. First she said that every player has equal chances to play in a match. However, I joined the tennis team for three years, in my senior year she doesn’t even put me into one match and she label me as a status of substitute. It is clearly that single and double players don’t take turn to play in the matches: in another word this is a practice of transculturation between two power relations that the coach is contradicting her words. She said one thing and does the other. But in reality, she should equally assign player to play equal matches. The reason why that our tennis team doesn’t win is because of the coach’s stubborn idea and not any subordinate player is fighting for their own right to take turn on the match. However, she should definitely give opportunity for other tennis player. So the idea is that even though I joined the tennis team for a long period of time but I have still been treated as a subordinate. So this idea should change through transculturation and we can make dreams come true and every play in match equally.

I’ve faced turmoil and devotion to change my own rights by staying late after the actual members have competed and I’ve devoted my time to practice my tennis skill as well as hinting the coach that I have the opportunity to go out there and compete in a match. The reason I am doing this is because once I graduated from my high school I want to tell the new members that we should fight for our own right: for equal chances to take turn in playing in matches and show the coach that we can be competitive. As I’ve experience this hardship on proving myself right, I felt that in this contact zone as Pratt is expressing is somehow related to Social Darwinism that the subordinate is competing to prove that one group can be the dominant group.



Pratt’s contact zone actually let me acknowledge about the changes that we can make in this society. If a community is utopian then there wouldn’t be any change. Change is always fair and it can be related to my experience in my social space. Not only am I expressing my own rights but I am influencing the other subordinate group to step up for petitioning under this unfair act in my social group.


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