By Haim Hazan
One of the main features of our modern tradition is a favorable, virtually banal, view of the transgression and disruption of cultural limitations. Strangers, migrants and nomads are celebrated in our postmodern global of hybrids and cyborgs. yet we pay a value for this social gathering of hybridity: the non-hybrid figures in our societies are overlooked, rejected, silenced or exterminated. This ebook tells the tale of those non-hybrid figures Ð the anti-heroes of our pop culture.
The major instance of non-hybrids in an another way hybridized international is that of deep previous age. Hazan indicates how we fervently distance ourselves from outdated age by way of grading and sequencing it into levels corresponding to ‘the 3rd age’, ‘the fourth age’ and so forth. getting older our bodies are manipulated via anti-aging ideas until eventually it really is now not attainable to do it anymore, at which aspect they turn into un-transformable and non-marketable items and for that reason commercially and socially invisible or masked. different examples are used to clarify a similar cultural good judgment of the non-hybrid: discomfort, the Holocaust, autism, fundamentalism and corporeal demise. at the face of it, those examples could seem to don't have anything in universal, yet all of them exemplify an identical cultural common sense of the non-hybrid and impress comparable reactions of feedback, terror, abhorrence and ethical indignation.
This hugely unique and iconoclastic publication deals a clean critique of up to date Western tradition by way of targeting that that's perceived as its different Ð the non-hybrid in our midst, frequently rejected, neglected or silenced and deemed to be short of globally plausible correction.
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Against Hybridity: Social Impasses in a Globalizing World by Haim Hazan