Esteemed, dismissed and everyday hybridity
This paper responds to the circumstances that have made hybridity both a popular term in cultural analysis and a contested, problematic concept. It promotes the need to look at what has been dismissed in discussions of hybridity, namely mundane and unexotic examples of cultural mix. A timely exposition of the development and critique of cultural hybridity provides a foundation to the key threads of the hybridity debate. This overview similarly highlights the ways in which hybridity has been celebrated and in some senses obstructed from developing as a more meaningful signifier of plurality. In combining the omissions of work on cultural hybridity with everyday life social theory, a paradigm of ‘everyday hybridity’ is established as a way of operationalising hybridity for empirical research.
This is the Social Theory behind by book on Islam in Hong Kong. The book has a diluted version, this is the full exegesis which serves as an overview of the debate surrounding cultural hybridity. It is currently under review.
O'Connor, P. (2016). Esteemed, dismissed and everyday hybridity. (Working paper under review). Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/2349209/Esteemed_Dismissed_and_Everyday_Hybridity