Why is it still so difficult to negotiate differences across cultures? In what ways does racism continue to strike at the foundations of multiculturalism? Bringing together some of the world's most influential postcolonial theorists, this classic collection examines the place and meaning of cultural hybridity in the context of growing global crisis, xenophobia and racism. Starting from the reality that personal identities are multicultural identities, Debating Cultural Hybridity illuminates the complexity and the flexibility of culture and identity, defining their potential openness as well as their closures, to show why anti-racism and multiculturalism are today still such hard roads to travel.
Foreword - Homi K. Bhabha Preface to the Critique Influence Change Edition Preface to the First Edition 1. Introduction: The Dialectics of Cultural Hybridity - Pnina Werbner Part I: Hybridity, Globalisation and the Practice of Cultural Complexity 2. From Complex Culture to Cultural Complexity - Hans-Rudolf Wicker 3. The Making and Unmaking of Strangers - Zygmunt Bauman 4. Identity and Difference in a Globalised World - Alberto Melucci 5. Global Crises, the Struggle for Cultural Identity and Intellectual Porkbarrelling: Cosmopolitans versus Locals, Ethnics and Nationals in an Era of De-hegemonisation - Jonathan Friedman 6. 'The Enigma of Arrival': Hybridity and Authenticity in the Global Space - Peter Van Der Veer 7. Adorno at Womad: South Asian Crossovers and the Limits of Hybridity-Talk - John Hutnyk Part II: Essentialism versus Hybridity: Negotiating Difference 8. Is It So Diffcult to be an Anti-Racist? - Michel Wieviorka 9. 'Difference', Cultural Racism and Anti-Racism - Tariq Modood 10. Constructions of Whiteness in European and American Anti-Racism - Alastair Bonnett 11. Ethnicity, Gender Relations and Multiculturalism - Nira Yuval-Davis 12. Dominant and Demotic Discourses of Culture: Their Relevance to Multi-Ethnic Alliances - Gerd Baumann 13. Essentialising Essentialism, Essentialising Silence: Ambivalence and Multiplicity in the Constructions of Racism and Ethnicity - Pnina Werbner Part III: Mapping Hybridity 14. Tracing Hybridity in Theory - Nikos Papastergiadis Notes on Contributors Index