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Hybridity

  • By: Sheri C. Hardee
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Biologically, hybridity refers to the crossing of genes, but this term is a metaphorical trope describing the postcolonial position by referring to the merging of two socially, culturally, economically, or politically separate spheres or the blending of elements, characteristics, or traits from two different cultures. In relation to education, then, hybridity has come to be seen as a possibility for deconstructing dominant curricula and pedagogy and moving toward a socially just system of education.

Brian Stross, a theorizer of hybridity, notes that humans are categorizing animals. People tend to classify everything into distinct boxes with nonpo-rous borders. What happens with this type of classifying is that categories are established as pure and unchangeable. In addition, classifications are hierarchically arranged, with some categories established as dominant and ...

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