Hybridization is the act, process, and outcome of multiple elements from diverse backgrounds combining and interacting to create something new. Religions, identities, peoples, social practices, cuisines, music, the arts, and styles of dress and speech can all be hybridized through the meeting and intermingling of various cultural practices and social products. Through hybridization, elements identifying a culture, practice, or people become fused, combined, or melded with other social elements and peoples. On a macrolevel, communities may embrace or deny impeding cultural influences based on social expectations, historical factors, and contemporary power relations; on a microlevel, individuals may face hybridization and expected assimilation of familial practices through processes of intermarriage, migration, intercultural adoption, living and traveling abroad, education, linguistic and social studies, or religious conversion. Colonization, ...

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