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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hybridity \Hy*brid"i*ty\, n. Hybridism.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1837, from hybrid + -ity.


n. The state of being hybrid; hybridism.


Hybridity refers in its most basic sense to mixture. The term originates from biology and was subsequently employed in linguistics and in racial theory in the nineteenth century. Its contemporary uses are scattered across numerous academic disciplines and is salient in popular culture. This article explains the history of hybridity and its major theoretical discussion amongst the discourses of race, post-colonialism, identity, anti-racism and multiculturalism, and globalization. This article illustrates the development of hybridity rhetoric from biological to cultural discussions.

Usage examples of "hybridity".

The affirmation of hybridities and the free play of differences across boundaries, however, is liberatory only in a context where power poses hierarchy exclusively though essential identities, binary divisions, and stable oppositions.

Certainly from the standpoint of many around the world, hybridity, mobility, and difference do not immediately appear as liberatory in themselves.

Difference, hybridity, and mobility are not liberatory in themselves, but neither are truth, purity, and stasis.

Mobility and hybridity are not liberatory, but taking control of the production of mobility and stasis, purities and mixtures is.

Its hybridity was stark and uncharming, marred with decay and graffiti.

This marriage between postmodernism and fundamentalism is certainly an odd coupling considering that postmodernist and fundamentalist discourses stand in most respects in polar opposition: hybridity versus purity, difference versus identity, mobility versus stasis.