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Questioning Hybridity, Postcolonialism and Globalization: Book by Amar Acheraiou

Questioning Hybridity, Postcolonialism and Globalization

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ISBN: 9780230298286    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Year of publishing: 2011     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 232        
This book offers an accessible, in-depth analysis of hybridity as a practice, discourse, and ideological construction. Its scope ranges widely, encompassing conceptualizations of hybridity from ancient...Read more
This book offers an accessible, in-depth analysis of hybridity as a practice, discourse, and ideological construction. Its scope ranges widely, encompassing conceptualizations of hybridity from ancient Greece and Rome to the present. The views of such key figures as Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Virgil, Gobineau, Renan, and Tocqueville, as well as Bakhtin, Fanon, and Bhabha are all freshly reassessed. The ground-breaking perspectives provided reorient contemporary debates on hybridity and the 'Third Space'. They significantly widen our awareness of the history of metissage and expand the methodological, conceptual, empirical, and ideological orientations of contemporary hybridity theorists. AcheraIou deftly examines the questions of race, class, identity, binarism, postmodernist ideology, neoliberalism, and globalization. In particular, he recommends decolonizing postcolonialism, indicating ways to transcend the cultural and spatial turn predetermining current discussions of metissage, culture, and identity politics.
Throughout, he analyzes hybridity in the light of globalization, suggesting how postcolonialism could become a genuinely counter-hegemonic mode of resistance to global neoliberal doxa.
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About the author: Amar Acheraiou
AMAR ACHERAIOU (PhD, Sorbonne Nouvelle) has published extensively on modernist literatures, postmodernist thought, and postcolonial theories. He is the author... Read more
AMAR ACHERAIOU (PhD, Sorbonne Nouvelle) has published extensively on modernist literatures, postmodernist thought, and postcolonial theories. He is the author of Rethinking Postcolonialism: Colonialist Discourse in Modern Literatures and the Legacy of Classical Writers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); Joseph Conrad and the Reader: Questioning Modern Theories of Narrative and Readership (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); and is the editor of Joseph Conrad and the Orient (forthcoming).
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Review:
'This is a fine and timely book that contributes with new perspectives to the current concern in postcolonial and cultural studies of broadening the scope of hybridity theory. AcheraIou's book...Read more
'This is a fine and timely book that contributes with new perspectives to the current concern in postcolonial and cultural studies of broadening the scope of hybridity theory. AcheraIou's book expands our awareness of the history of hybridity and hybridity as a product of historical processes, which altogether refines the notion of hybridity as a theoretical concept. The book is very well-written and communicates difficult material in a lucid and inviting manner. It offers new, compelling and productive ideas to theorists and students in postcolonial and globalisation studies.' - Sten Pultz Moslund, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern Denmark
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