Hybridity and its Discontents
Politics, Science, Culture
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Hybridity and its Discontents by Avtar Brah
Book DescriptionHybridity and its Discontents explores the history and experience of 'hybridity' - the mixing of peoples and cultures - in North and South America, Latin America, Britain and Ireland, South Africa, Asia and the Pacific. The contributors trace manifestations of hybridity in debates about miscengenation and racial purity, in scientific notions of genetics and 'race', in processes of cultural translation, and in ideas of nation, community and belonging. The contributors begin by examining the persistence of anxieties about racial 'contamination', from nineteenth-century fears of miscegenation to more recent debates about mixed race relationships and parenting. Examining the lived experiences of children of 'mixed parentage', contributors ask why such fears still thrive in a supposedly tolerant culture? The contributors go on to discuss how science, while apparently neutral, is part of cultural discourses, which affect its constructions and classifications of gender and 'race'. The contributors examine how new cultural forms emerge from borrowings, exchanges and intersections across ethnic and cultural boundaries, and conclude by investigating the contemporary experience of multiculturalism in an age of contested national borders and identities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415194020
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Avtar Brah
Hybridity and Its Discontents, Paperback (August 2000)
Hybridity and its Discontents explores the history and experience of 'hybridity' - the mixing of peoples and cultures - in countries such as America, Britain and South Africa.
Cartographies of Diaspora, Paperback (September 1996)» View all books by Avtar Brah
By addressing questions of culture, identity and politics, this book throws new light on discussions about "difference", and "diversity", informed by feminism and post-structuralism.
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