The Waves of Globalisation: The Production of Hybrid Cultural Space

By Teodor Negru.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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We are accustomed to thinking of globalisation as a contemporary phenomenon due, on the one hand, to the strengthening of the interdependencies among states as a result of the creation of a new world market, and on the other hand, to the expansion and development of e-communication. Notwithstanding, the idea of globalisation does not belong to the contemporary world neither in terms of origin nor as a constituting process. This phenomenon has become fully manifest owing to major changes that have occurred in the modern era. Hence, globalisation would have been possible only after the era of the great geographical discoveries, manifesting itself early on through the expansion of values and of the Western living style to the new spaces. The main consequence of globalisation has been the creation of a cultural space characterised by diversity, fragmentation, and discontinuity. Thus globalisation produces a hybrid space where what is local and what is global make each other and interpenetrate. Hence, a hybrid culture is created where the modernist categories of authenticity, purity, or identity are denounced as arbitrary, which will lead to decontextualization and the combination of traditionally cultural forms.

Keywords: Globalisation, Modernism, Postmodernism, Space

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.265-276. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 781.547KB).

Dr. Teodor Negru

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (formerly University of Iasi), Iassy, Iasi, Romania

I completed my four-year tertiary education at the “Al. I. Cuza” University in Iassy, Romania, class of 2001. My graduation paper dealt with the end of modernity as reflected in the works of Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger. The conclusion reached in my degree diploma paper on the emergence of a new cultural era based on completely different principles as compared to the modern era was further developed in my doctoral thesis entitled “The Postmodern Culture and its Limits” (2006). My research has been oriented so far, in the continental philosophy, toward the study of the presumptions of the age called post-modern, and in analytical philosophy, toward the elaborate study of contemporary themes such as the philosophy of the mind or analytical metaphysics. Both endeavors were supported by training programs abroad (University of Konstanz, Germany; Scuola Internazionale di Alti Studi “Scienze della Cultura”, Fondazione San Carlo, Modena, Italy; Ludwig Wittgenstein Summer School, Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria), and the results were published in two books (Limits of Postmodernism and Introduction in the Philosophy of Mind). Now I am interested in studying the connection between the modern and the contemporary eras, more precisely, how certain modern age ideas have developed and transformed.

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