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By Haim Hazan

ISBN-10: 0745690696

ISBN-13: 9780745690698

One of the main features of our modern tradition is a good, virtually 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 occasion of hybridity: the non-hybrid figures in our societies are overlooked, rejected, silenced or exterminated. This publication tells the tale of those non-hybrid figures Ð the anti-heroes of our pop culture.

The major instance of non-hybrids in an in a different way hybridized international is that of deep outdated age. Hazan exhibits how we fervently distance ourselves from outdated age by way of grading and sequencing it into levels comparable to ‘the 3rd age’, ‘the fourth age’ etc. getting older our bodies are manipulated via anti-aging thoughts till it's not attainable to do it anymore, at which aspect they turn into un-transformable and non-marketable gadgets and as a result commercially and socially invisible or masked. different examples are used to explain a similar cultural common sense of the non-hybrid: soreness, the Holocaust, autism, fundamentalism and corporeal loss of life. at the face of it, those examples could appear to don't have anything in universal, yet all of them exemplify an analogous cultural common sense of the non-hybrid and galvanize related reactions of feedback, terror, abhorrence and ethical indignation.

This hugely unique and iconoclastic e-book bargains a clean critique of latest Western tradition by means of concentrating on that that's perceived as its different Ð the non-hybrid in our midst, frequently rejected, missed or silenced and deemed to be short of globally practicable correction.

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In other words, it questions the foundation of the constructionist project, namely the intersubjective transmission of intelligible messages though vehicles of cultural translation. ” This kind of poet­ ically geared cross-cultural channel has been canonized and problematized as one of anthropology’s regimes of selfjustification with the advent of the literary turn in the annals of the discipline (Clifford and Marcus 1986). ” The voices of postcolonialism, feminism, postmodernism, and anti-globalization have greatly expanded the register of sounds emanating from the recognized and authorized regions of otherness.

These subjects are not the site of somatic individualization but rather of immutable corporalities. This, evidently, does not mean they are free of governmentality. On the contrary: they become the focus of increased external governmentality to the extent of non-negotiable sequestration in “heterotopic” enclaves (Foucault 1986) or annihilation of human categories that are consigned to a state of exception (Agamben 1998). Old age homes, hospices, hospitals, prison camps, and special education institutions all have a biopolitical function.

The voices of postcolonialism, feminism, postmodernism, and anti-globalization have greatly expanded the register of sounds emanating from the recognized and authorized regions of otherness. Therefore, illegitimate otherness is that whose voice remains absent rather than mute, not necessarily due to silencing and repression, but because the frequencies of its audio transmissions are not tuned to the auditory receptors of potential listeners, namely the licensed producers of the canonical anthropological discourses of otherness.

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