The hybrid self and the ambivalence of boundaries

Marotta, Vince P. 2008, The hybrid self and the ambivalence of boundaries, Social Identities, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 295-312.

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Title The hybrid self and the ambivalence of boundaries
Author(s) Marotta, Vince P.
Journal name Social Identities
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Start page 295
End page 312
Total pages 18
Publisher Carfax
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1350-4630
1363-0296
Keyword(s) hybridity
boundaries
subjectivity
Simmel
Park
ethnicity
Summary The paper outlines the main features of the contemporary discourse on hybrid subjectivity, a discourse which is internally differentiated along 'organic', 'intentional', and critical social theory lines. It then examines how these discourses can be applied to our understanding of hybrid cultures and identities. The article focuses on two central claims underlying the intentional approach: one, that cultural boundaries are theoretically and empirically problematic; and secondly, that a hybrid position provides the potential for an enlightened and critical world-view. In response, two contentions are articulated that will provide a more nuanced understanding of the hybrid self. Drawing on the work of Simmel and Park, the paper, in contrast to the intentional account, highlights the ambivalence of boundaries; secondly, a critical investigation of the enlightened hybrid consciousness is offered which suggests that this new form of consciousness underplays the role of prejudice and ambivalence. As a result of these discussions, the article demonstrates that the discourse on hybrid identity raises key theoretical issues either ignored or insufficiently addressed by existing scholarship.
Notes Full title of journal is; Social identities : journal for the study of race, nation and culture
Language eng
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
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018002

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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