Essentialism, hybridism and cultural critique

Birgitta Frello

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Transgression concepts - such as ‘hybridity', ‘diaspora', ‘creolization', ‘transculturalization'
and ‘syncretism' - have to an increasing extent become key concepts in various attempts
at escaping the problems of suppression and exclusion involved in notions of purity - be it
the purity of race, culture or whatever. The purpose of focusing on concepts of
transgression is usually to try to develop conceptual spaces within which it is possible to
grasp and to study cultural identity without resorting to cultural essentialism. These
attempts open up new possibilities but also new problems - e.g. they are being criticised
for being elitist and for reproducing the very idea of cultural purity that they are meant to
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Studies Now : Conference Journal 2007
Number of pages9
PublisherUniversity of East London
Publication date2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventCultural Studies Now - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Jul 200722 Jul 2007


ConferenceCultural Studies Now
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • cultural identity
  • hybridity
  • cultural critique

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