Conceptualizing Cultural Hybridization: A Transdisciplinary by Philipp W. Stockhammer (auth.), Philipp Wolfgang Stockhammer

By Philipp W. Stockhammer (auth.), Philipp Wolfgang Stockhammer (eds.)

Within the context of globalization, cultural ameliorations are more and more analyzed as hybridization procedures. Hybridity itself, despite the fact that, is usually taken care of as a particularly post-colonial phenomenon. The participants during this quantity suppose the historicity of transcultural flows and entanglements; they think about the ensuing transformative powers to be a uncomplicated function of cultural swap. via juxtaposing assorted notions of hybridization and particular methodologies, as they seem within the a number of disciplines, this volume’s layout is transdisciplinary. each one writer provides a disciplinary idea of hybridization and indicates the way it operates in particular case experiences. the purpose is to generate a transdisciplinary notion of hybridity that paves the way in which for a much wider program of this important concept

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2 The Ambivalence of Globalization Phenomena Changes in material culture and new patterns of mass consumption constitute crucial phenomena in contemporary globalization (Wallerstein 1974; Trentmann 2009). Consumption may even be one of the future core issues of cultural anthropology – in particular when it comes to understanding the way that different identities and social structures are generated. This is the view held by of a wide range of culture theorists dealing with economic, social and cultural changes in the emerging global situation (Amselle 2002; Jackson 2004).

Anthony or St. Patrick, as well as liturgical practices such as prayers and hymns, were taken up through an act of ‘cultural mimicry’, only to begin a life of their own during their course of transformation into the practices of Voodoo, Candomble´ and Umbanda. Prominent among locales of encounter particularly favourable to cultural exchange are the metropolis, the port and the frontier. Big cities like New York, London, Lagos, Los Angeles, Mumbai or Sa˜o Paulo constitute crossroads of both trade and culture.

5 Concluding Remarks This essay set out to debate the analytic potential of the hybridity concept. It did so by first outlining the history of the idea, and pin-pointing two shifts in perspective. The first shift concerned academic disciplines: the term was used for the greater part of the twentieth century, mainly in anthropology, sociology and history, until literary scholars took it up in the 1980s. The second shift concerned the underlying ideas of hybridity, which were initially based on a biological model focusing on the issue of miscegenation.

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