By Haim Hazan
One of the most important features of our modern tradition is a good, nearly banal, view of the transgression and disruption of cultural limitations. Strangers, migrants and nomads are celebrated in our postmodern international of hybrids and cyborgs. yet we pay a cost for this get together of hybridity: the non-hybrid figures in our societies are neglected, 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The major instance of non-hybrids in an differently hybridized international is that of deep outdated age. Hazan exhibits how we fervently distance ourselves from outdated age by way of grading and sequencing it into phases akin to ‘the 3rd age’, ‘the fourth age’ etc. getting older our bodies are manipulated via anti-aging ideas till it truly is now not attainable to do it anymore, at which aspect they turn into un-transformable and non-marketable items and therefore commercially and socially invisible or masked. different examples are used to clarify an identical cultural common sense of the non-hybrid: soreness, the Holocaust, autism, fundamentalism and corporeal dying. at the face of it, those examples could seem to don't have anything in universal, yet all of them exemplify a similar cultural common sense of the non-hybrid and impress comparable reactions of feedback, terror, abhorrence and ethical indignation.
This hugely unique and iconoclastic booklet bargains a clean critique of latest Western tradition by means of concentrating on that that is 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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When a category of the population is subjected to severe measures of stripping off social identity through forfeiting civil rights and cultural standing to a sovereign power, its subsequent bare life (Agamben 1998; Bauman 2004) is also robbed of any symbolic significance. Bare life, an Aristotelian-based term anchored in ancient Roman law which distinguishes zoe from bios, the pre-social from the social, was employed by Agamben to denote pure, real experience, mute infancy, “something anterior both to subjective and to an alleged psychological reality” (Agamben 1998: 37).
In a similar manner to the cultural dialectics of the constructed and the essential, sometimes it may seem that the very movement of hybridization, as it eats away at otherness, constructs what is left over as radically other, non-hybrid. Even the social process of staging and grading that I analyze may be part of this movement that creates radical otherness just as it attempts to domesticate it. ” Elderly people, chronic pain patients, Holocaust survivors, their carers, and the rest of midlife, able-bodied society can be described as involved, in different ways and terminologies, in fashioning similar forms of negotiated orders, facilitated communication, and staged translation.
When biological life and political life hybridize, this can be regarded as a postmodern hallmark of the constructivist, metaphorical discourse. Biological life thus ceases to be part of an unchangeable, natural presupposition, while politics becomes a matter of governing the living. The goal of governmentality, under which biopolitics is subsumed, is to construct individuals as “docile bodies” that are furthermore endowed with a subjectified sense of responsibility and accountability. Subjects are accountable; this nexus is the potent venue of governmentality, of the postmodern secular form of pastoral power.
Against Hybridity: Social Impasses in a Globalizing World by Haim Hazan