By Haim Hazan
One of the foremost features of our modern tradition is a favorable, virtually banal, view of the transgression and disruption of cultural obstacles. Strangers, migrants and nomads are celebrated in our postmodern global of hybrids and cyborgs. yet we pay a cost for this occasion of hybridity: the non-hybrid figures in our societies are overlooked, rejected, silenced or exterminated. This publication tells the tale of those non-hybrid figures Ð the anti-heroes of our pop culture.
The major instance of non-hybrids in an another way hybridized global is that of deep previous age. Hazan indicates how we fervently distance ourselves from previous age by way of grading and sequencing it into levels equivalent to ‘the 3rd age’, ‘the fourth age’ and so forth. getting older our bodies are manipulated via anti-aging thoughts until eventually it really is not attainable to do it anymore, at which element they turn into un-transformable and non-marketable items and consequently commercially and socially invisible or masked. different examples are used to clarify an identical cultural good judgment of the non-hybrid: ache, the Holocaust, autism, fundamentalism and corporeal demise. at the face of it, those examples could seem to don't have anything in universal, yet all of them exemplify an analogous cultural good judgment of the non-hybrid and galvanize comparable reactions of feedback, terror, abhorrence and ethical indignation.
This hugely unique and iconoclastic ebook deals a clean critique of up to date Western tradition by means of concentrating on that that's perceived as its different Ð the non-hybrid in our midst, frequently rejected, overlooked or silenced and deemed to be wanting globally attainable correction.
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Extra info for Against Hybridity: Social Impasses in a Globalizing World
But it is clear that despite the success of parts of the re-evaluation/emancipation agenda, the dominant contemporary cultural attitude to later life is that of “anti-”; predominantly western culture seeks not to celebrate ageing but to avoid it. (Vincent, Tulle, and Bond 2008: 292) Similar mechanisms of normalized communication, which often amount to labeling, are employed to hold at bay chronic-pain patients and Holocaust survivors. All these examples and their intricate surrounding discourses will be explained in more detail in chapter 3.
Scholars such as Morgan, Maine, Tylor and Frazer followed sociologists Comte and Spencer in a promise of bridging the currently dubbed colonizer and colonized by allowing the latter to emulate and eventually reach the rank of the former. Thus, while hierarchical order was sustained, it was transformed into a ladder-like sequence of progress. This redefined ethos of the “other” as potentially tame and civilized rather than a wild savage already eroded its metaphor as a distinct and discrete essence.
Terms of Hybridity 37 Enter postmodernity and its denunciation of essentialist as well as hierarchical dichotomies. If we are all potentially strangers, as Kristeva (1991) suggests, and since strangeness surrounds us in reality and fiction, the only way to reconcile with that ubiquitous presence of images of aliens, foreigners, refugees, transsexuals, transnationals, nomads, zombies, chimeras, and cyborgs is to acknowledge and live that embodied otherness within our own selves (Ahmed 2000). The dissolution of otherness hence underscores a move toward re-culturation of aliens, while abandoning any notion of inhu manity (Latour 1995) and animalization (Agamben 2004: 75–7).
Against Hybridity: Social Impasses in a Globalizing World by Haim Hazan