Hybridity and the politics of the everyday in contemporary Austria

Karner, Christian (2010) Hybridity and the politics of the everyday in contemporary Austria. German Life and Letters, 63 (1). pp. 71-87. ISSN 1468-0483

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0483.2009.01483.x

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This article pursues two inter‐related aims. First, it adds to existing research on contemporary Austrian society and politics by analysing select empirical snapshots of different forms of hybridity from within the realms of the country's ideologically heterogeneous media, recent political debates, cultural production and everyday life. Second, analysis of these empirical materials is used to engage critically with existing theoretical strands in the literature on hybridity and creolisation. Taking conceptualisations of anthropoemic and anthropophagic responses to ‘the stranger’ as my point of conceptual departure, I demonstrate that both strategies depend on clear‐cut classifications of self and other that construct liminality as problematic. This is then followed by a discussion of alternative discourses of national identity not premised on rigid self‐other distinctions and other manifestations of hybridity not primarily defined by precarious liminality. Hybridity is thus shown to be also reflexively politicised and celebrated, in critical opposition to nationalist discourses of belonging. I discuss the tension between everyday syncretism and culturally hybrid life histories on the one hand, and their denial or silencing by exclusivist identity politics on the other.

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Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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