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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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Hybridization, Transculturation, and Translation. Europe through the Lens of Latin America

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Christiane STALLAERT

University of Antwerp – Catholic University of Leuven

Una lucha de fronteras / A Struggle of Borders

Because I, a mestiza,Continually walk out of one cultureAnd into another,Because I am in all cultures at the same time,Alma entre dos mundos, tres, cuatro,me zumba la cabeza con lo contradictorio.Estoy norteada por todas las voces que me hablanSimultáneamente.

Anzaldúa, Borderlands / La Frontera. The new mestiza1

It is commonplace to consider Latin America as “the other West” and to analyze this continent’s history and reality under the Eurocentric lens of a process of “Westernization”. In a compilation of essays edited by Miguel Angel Centeno and Fernando López-Alves under the title of The Other Mirror. Grand Theory through the Lens of Latin America this vision is inverted to analyze and critically rethink the grand theories of Social ← 39 | 40 → Sciences from a Latin American reality.2 Starting with the confirmation that in recent decades references to Latin America in the most influential academic publications on Social and Political Sciences are few and far between, the editors seek to encourage dialogue between the Social Sciences and Latin American Studies in order to examine what Latin America can contribute to the grand theories. Through this exercise it was ascertained that when the latter are placed in front of the Latin American mirror new facets are revealed which encourage innovative readings of the classic theories devised in Europe. According...

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