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Cultural Hybridity

  1. Birgitta Frello

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0297

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Frello, B. 2012. Cultural Hybridity. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


The concept of (cultural) hybridity has gained prominence within a broad range of cultural and social theories since the 1980s, most notably within postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and globalization theory. The importance and influence of hybridity theory is thus closely related to an increased awareness of global cultural flows, influences, and interdependences, both historically and contemporarily. Furthermore, focusing on hybridity and hybridization is a way of conceptualizing difference that aims to avoid and undermine ideas of boundedness and closed identity and hence also avoid the essentialism that haunts theories of multiculturalism for instance.


  • culture;
  • globalization;
  • diaspora;
  • identity;
  • identity politics