9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN07 Sociology of Culture

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Cultural Heritage Building II, C4.07

Hybridity as a cultural form of individual subjectivitism.Trapped between cultural heritage and transnational symbolic values

The complexity resulted from the transnational specificity of the existing social orders and the multiplicity of previously not existing options, are also reflected in the emerging variety of individual subjectivisms .
I define individual subjectivitism in terms of a postmodern perspective. It is in a perspective of increasing freedom of choice in constantly multiplying cultural environment which overcomes time and space, and not necessarily serves as a base of permanent anchored identity. Since every choice is only temporary, an individual can become a nomad trapped between its own cultural heritage and transnational symbolic values.
Liberal economy causes transnational journey of the subject which reconfigurates the relations between the identity, belonging and cultural heritage. Constant border transgression creates transnational migrant identity. Nomadic way of thinking is leading to the nomadic lifestyle and the consciousness of the lack of stable borders.
Hybridization, in turn, as a playful combination of different cultural elements undermining the essential discourse, is connected with deterritorialization and relational identity. This is followed by the gradual development of hybrid cultural forms, functioning within the broader (beyond the local/national) understanding of cultural heritage. So, it can undermine the national identity and shape some new hybrid cultural forms, another words, forms situated between that what is stable and that what is fluid.
Transnational context, clearly suggests that the number of human beings eligible to move in the global scale is constantly growing, as well as the intensity of crossing the cultural borders. The phenomenon of transnational moves requires from the social actor constant redefinition of its sense of belonging.
The changes indicated above rises the question about the adequacy of the current research approaches towards the nation state The global open flows have their part in destroying the naïve understanding of the local as given. The nation state, is not longer a sufficient explainary base in a postmodernist social network context, which should be treated as a variable in explaining that what emerges from the way of being and that what actually comes from the way of belonging,