Civilisation, culture and the hybrid self in the work of Robert Ezra Park

Marotta, Vince 2006, Civilisation, culture and the hybrid self in the work of Robert Ezra Park, Journal of intercultural studies, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 413-433, doi: 10.1080/07256860600936911.

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Title Civilisation, culture and the hybrid self in the work of Robert Ezra Park
Author(s) Marotta, VinceORCID iD for Marotta, Vince
Journal name Journal of intercultural studies
Volume number 27
Issue number 4
Start page 413
End page 433
Publisher River Seine Publications
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2006-11
ISSN 0725-6868
Keyword(s) Robert E. Park
marginal man
Summary Contemporary discussions on hybridity in cultural and ethnic studies have overlooked the work of the Chicago sociologist Robert E. Park. Park's idea of the “marginal man” and his work on cultural and racial hybridity can shed further light on the construction and representation of the hybrid self. The contribution that Park has made to a social theory of hybridity has been overshadowed by research conducted within post-colonial and cultural studies. I do not suggest that recent conceptualisations of hybridity are inadequate; rather that Park has something to contribute to contemporary accounts and in some cases anticipates some of the themes and issues surrounding the concept of hybridity. The following examination connects Park's work on hybridity with ideas such as civilisation, culture and modernity and argues that a mild form of primitivism underlines his notion of the “marginal man”.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07256860600936911
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Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2006, Centre for Migrant and Intercultural Studies
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