Edited By Flocel Sabaté
Hybrid Identities in Contexts of Minorisation of Citizens: Thinking about the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America
Joan J. PUJADAS
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
The debate about the processes of cultural hybridisation is currently of great interest, both in the field of social anthropology, and in cultural and communication studies. There is no doubt that the leading figure in this field is the Argentine-Mexican anthropologist Néstor García Canclini, whose influential book, Culturas híbridas, was published at the end of the 1980s. Other authors have made significant contributions to drawing attention to different aspects related to the use of this new analytical perspective. These include parallelisms with the processes of creolisation in the field of trans-nationalist and post-national epistemology,2 or the ambiguity in the representation of the national and trans-national in the universal exposition in Seville,3 the alliance between national ethnic cultures and those of the metropolis,4 or the parallelisms and metaphoric dimensions of the term in its double biological and symbolic meaning.5
This emphasis on the analysis of the processes of hybridisation, and the contextual dynamics that generate these, has contributed to a loss ← 183 | 184 → of the essence of the approach of the social sciences to such an important analytical dimension as identity, emphasising its mobile, changing, contextual and multi-referential character. García Canclini6 himself proposed a much wider meaning for cultural hybridisation than the original version at the end of the 1980s, that would also include such historical-colonial processes as ethno-racial miscegenation and the forms of religious syncretism,
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