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2013, 1: Hybridity

The genetic pool, social customs, scientific discoveries, political experiences and technical innovations have always tended to merge together, giving rise to new realities, which alter the very essence of humanity. The intensification of human relationships on a global scale feeds the speed, breadth and depth of this hybridization process, which involves every realm of nature and human life. 

And yet, contrary to its etymological roots, hybridity is not so much the manifestation of hybris (which for the Ancient Greeks implied the violation of rules and order in nature), and more the very essence of all that exists. In particular, human beings have a hybrid nature, which finds new ways of manifesting itself, with through crises of identity or changing relationships. If, in general, it is the role of politics to transcend the present, with its networks of relationships and multiple identites, by highlighting the shared goals of particular communities, then globalisation seems to forge a new path, which is inherently hybrid, and is required to respond, in different places and times, to the new demands of citizenship, to new rights and duties, and new dangers for human life.

Hybridity can be understood in terms of the relationship between the objective and subjective, between nature and culture, local and global, or human and inhuman, but it always produces new outcomes; politics can only take on the most important challenges with the aim of achieving an ordered coexistence. It is, though, clear that this question, perhaps more than others, needs to be faced, both theoretically, by those who seek knowledge, and practically, by those who attempt to guide our future, in line with an interdisciplinary approach. In what new ways does the relationship between globalisation and hybridity manifest itself? What is a political hybrid in today’s world? Does hybridity imply development or decline? The comparison between contrasting views will provide for more complete answers to the questions posed by natural history and mankind.

Editorial
"Glocalism". A journal for a glocalized world The major challenge in the post-modern era is to propose new paradigms in order to understand the dynamics of a world that has become glocalised.
Current Issue's Articles
Applying hybridity: rhythms of the Hajj, Tumblr, and Snowden. By P. O'Connor Abstract : Hybridity has long been a contested term, critiqued as elitist and contradictory. This paper begins by arguing that hybridity has been debated too often and applied too seldom.
Coping with binaries: bays, seas and oceans. By R. Robertson Much of the present interest in difference has arisen from the long debate about globalization. It was only with the rise of anti-globalization movement(s) at the end of the 1990s that the theme of the relationship between the local and the global came to the forefront.
Glocalization and hybridity. By Z. Bauman Harald Welzer might have been on the right track when discussing the present-day quandary of effective, consequential action aimed at arresting and folding the trends threatening the future of the planet, our shared home ( Climate Wars , Polity Press: 2012).
Home and away: hybrid perspective on identity formation in 1.5 and second generation adolescent immigrants in Israel. By H. Zubida, L. Lavi, R. A. Harper, O. Nakash, A. Shoshani Abstract : Immigration is not only about changing countries, but also about shifting identities. This change is especially important for adolescents. This article examines identity formation among 1.
Jah People: the cultural hybridity of white Rastafarians. By M. Loadenthal Abstract : For more than half a century, the African-based Rastafarian movement has existed and thrived.
La abominación de lo híbrido: la mixofobia como política de estado. By D. Rodriguez Garcia Abstract : The article discusses a number of historical cases of nations that have developed anti-miscegenation laws premised on a logic of “state mixophobia”, with instances as diverse as ...
Navigating hybridity: investigating the dance between culture and values within the cuban national education system. By E. J. Byker, B. L. Fox Abstract : Hybridity is the dynamic relationship between local and global factors that push and pull on people and nations.
The hybrid outcome of urban change: global city, polarized city? By A. Ismail Abstract: A wide range of studies supports the assumption that levels of socio-spatial polarization, segregation, and exclusion are rising in global cities over the past decades as a direct outcome of certain global processes, such as the deindustrialization process, its associated changes in division of labor, and declined redistributive power of the welfare state.
The politics of death in Mexico: dislocating human rights and asylum law through hybrid agents. By A. Estévez Abstract: In 2006 Mexico’s then-president Felipe Calderón declared war on drug trafficking. The human toll was devastating with the loss of over 95,000 lives and the forced disappearance of more than 27,000 people.
Values, law and “discursive theory”: how the politicization of values triggers individualization in society. By M. Yaylali Abstract : In this paper I want to claim that “politicization of values” will lead to individualization in society, in the long run, and further that this process will amount to a more personal form of legislation.