Hybrid Cultures: Strategies For Entering And Leaving Modernity

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U of Minnesota Press, 2005 - Social Science - 293 pages
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When it was originally published, Hybrid Cultures was foundational to Latin American cultural studies. This now-classic work features a new introduction in which Nestor Garcia Canclini calls for a cultural politics to contain the damaging effects of globalization and responds to relevant theoretical developments over the past decade. Garcia Canclini questions whether Latin America can compete in a global marketplace without losing its cultural identity. He moves with ease from the ideas of Gramsci and Foucault to economic analysis, from appraisals of the exchanges between Octavio Paz and Jorge Luis Borges to Chicano film and grafitti. Hybrid Cultures at once clarifies the development of democratic institutions in Latin America and reveals that the most destructive ideological trends are still going strong.

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1 From Utopias to the Market
Modernism without Modernization?
To Innovate or to Democratize?
4 The Future of the Past
5 The Staging of the Popular
From Political to Theatrical Representation
7 Hybrid Cultures Oblique Powers

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Page xv - On the other hand, hybridity can be understood as the ongoing condition of all human cultures, which contain no zones of purity because they undergo continuous processes of transculturation (two-way borrowing and lending between cultures). Instead of hybridity versus purity, this view suggests, it is hybridity all the way down.

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Christopher L. Chiappari is assistant professor of anthropology at St. Olaf College. Silvia L. Lopez is assistant professor of Spanish at Carleton College.Renato Rosaldo is professor of social science and chair of the department of anthropology at Stanford University. He is the author of Ilongot Headhunting, 1883-1974: A Study in Society and History and Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis.

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