Cultural Hybridity / Edition 1

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The period in which we live is marked by increasingly frequent and intense cultural encounters of all kinds. However we react to it, the global trend towards mixing or hybridization is impossible to miss, from curry and chips – recently voted the favourite dish in Britain - to Thai saunas, Zen Judaism, Nigerian Kung Fu, "Bollywood" films or salsa or reggae music. Some people celebrate these phenomena, whilst others fear or condemn them. No wonder, then, that theorists such as Homi Bhabha, Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy, and Ien Ang, have engaged with hybridity in their work and sought to untangle these complex events and reactions; or that a variety of disciplines now devote increasing attention to the works of these theorists and to the processes of cultural encounter, contact, interaction, exchange and hybridization. In this concise book, leading historian Peter Burke considers these fascinating and contested phenomena, ranging over theories, practices, processes and events in a manner that is as wide-ranging and vibrant as the topic at hand.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Would work extremely well in world or European history courses atthe advanced undergraduate or graduate level."
European History Quarterly

"[K]nowledgeable and informative."
Times Literary Supplement

"The book's easy and discursive style makes it accessible to thewidest readership without losing out on complexity and intellectualrigour."

"Burke shows how [questions of hybridity] raise issues that areolder, broader and closer to our lives than we might think."
Times of Malta

"An impressive wide-ranging survey of the different forms andpractices of cultural interaction in human history, and of theconcepts that we now use to try to understand them. Whether weembrace these influences or resist them, globalization, Burkeargues, is leading to the emergence of a new cultural order. Thisbook offers us an indispensible guide to the culturaltransformations of our times."
Robert J.C. Young, New York University

"An inspiring and illuminating survey of this highly topical andimportant field. Burke wears his outstanding erudition verylightly, and seeks to inform and enlighten his readers rather thanto impress or browbeat them. He manages to encompass, in this briefsurvey, a wealth of historical roots and ramifications both withinand outside Europe, and maintain analytical clarity at all times.Burke's rigorous, but never rigid, clarity of thought is alwaysflexibly attuned to the complexities of historicalexperience."
J. Th. Leerssen, University of Amsterdam

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745646978
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Burke, Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, Cambridge University

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English edition page ix

Introduction 1

Varieties of object 13

Varieties of terminology 34

Varieties of situation 66

Varieties of response 79

Varieties of outcome 102

Notes 116

Index 135

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