The concept of hybridity highlights complex processes of interaction and transformation between different institutional and social forms, and normative systems. It has been used in numerous ways to generate important analytical and methodological insights into peacebuilding and development. Its most recent application in the social sciences has also attracted powerful critiques that have highlighted its limitations and challenged its continuing usage.
This book examines whether the value of hybridity as a concept can continue to be harnessed, and how its shortcomings might be mitigated or overcome. It does so in an interdisciplinary way, as hybridity has been used as a benchmark across multiple disciplines and areas of practical engagement over the past decade – including peacebuilding, state-building, justice reform, security, development studies, anthropology, and economics. This book encourages a dialogue about the uses and critiques of hybridity from a variety of perspectives and vantage points, including deeply ethnographic works, high-level theory, and applied policy work. The authors conclude that there is continued value in the concept of hybridity, but argue that this value can only be realised if the concept is engaged with in a reflexive and critical way.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the online journal Third World Thematics.
1. Hybridity in peacebuilding and development: a critical approach Miranda Forsyth, Lia Kent, Sinclair Dinnen, Joanne Wallis and Srinjoy Bose
2. From constructivist to critical engagements with peacebuilding: implications for hybrid peace Joanne Wallis and Oliver Richmond
3. Hybridity and dialogue – approaches to the hybrid turn M. Anne Brown
4. Hybridity and boundary-making: exploring the politics of hybridisation Helene Maria Kyed
5. Using the concept of hybridity to guide social change through legal means Miranda Forsyth
6. Is the ‘hybrid turn’ a ‘spatial turn’? A geographical perspective on hybridity and state-formation in the Western Pacific Matthew G. Allen and Sinclair Dinnen
7. Sexual violence and hybrid peacebuilding: how does silence ‘speak’? Nicole George and Lia Kent
8. The Afghan Local Police: unpacking a hybrid security arrangement Susanna Schmeidl and Nick Miszak
9. Separation and positive accommodation: police reform in Sierra Leone Peter Albrecht
THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.
THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.