Hybridity and Its Discontents: Politics, Science, Culture

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Avtar Brah and Annie E. Coombes, A. Brah, Annie E. Coombes
Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 299 pages
Hybridity 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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Contents

European identities
19
Miscegenation nation formation and crossracial
56
mixed relationships
72
Illustrations
79
between two cultures and two colours
96
PART II
109
apartheid monuments
173
Voortrekker Monument
178
cloth and Christianity in Polynesia
198
the Africanisation of sartorial style
216
PART IV
233
antiessentialism universalism and Islamism
257
strangers our own and others
272
Index
291
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