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Hybrid Identities

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Edited By Flocel Sabaté

This book dissiminates a selected collection of research texts from the Congress Hybrid Identities, held in 2011 in the Institute for Research into Identities and Society (University of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain). Outstanding researchers from Social and Humanities fields adapted the hybridization of society such as a new perspective in order to study and understand the evolution of conviviality from the Middle Ages to current days throughout a comparative space and time. Taking the concept from the anthropology, the hybridization became a new approach for social studies and Humanities. Hybridization offers a historical perspective in order to renew perspectives for study different societies during all historical periods since Middle Ages to current days. At the same time, hybridization appears as a tool for analysing social realities in the different continents of the word. In any case, it is a new way in order to understand how the societies reaches its respective cohesions throughout mixted identities.
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The Lineage of Hybrid Identity

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Andrew VINCENT

Cardiff University

The roots of the idea of hybrid identity can be found in humanity’s continuing fascination with its own nature. Hybridity though relates very specifically to the connection between culture and identity. This latter linkage has, comparatively, a much shorter history. The heritage of this latter connection dates approximately from the late eighteenth century in European thinking. This is particularly the case via the speculations on language in writers such as Jean Jacques Rousseau, J.G. Fichte, Johann Peter Süssmilch and Gottfried Herder. These writers, amongst others, identified language with culture. Language was seen as integral to the conscious activity and development of all human beings. Language, particularly for writers such as Herder, did not just record or designate external objects, but conversely had a constitutive role. Humans both make and were made within language. Humans perceived nature through the expressive medium of speech.1 Language, as developed human speech, was also viewed as the essential medium of human freedom, reflecting the totality of human energies. The human capacity for self-awareness was thus seen to be formed in language.

Further, for Herder, language was built out of sense impressions. Sense impressions of one’s locality formed the basis of language itself. It followed that local conditions – geography, climate and traditions of a community – generated differing linguistic responses. As languages developed in different settings, so also did different cultures. Yet each language formed the essential historical continuity of a community. In Herder the ← 29...

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