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History and Ethnic Studies

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

History and Ethnic Studies

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Acheraiou, Amar. Questioning Hybridity, Postcolonialism and Globalization. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 (ISBN: 9780230298286).

Multicultural ideas related to the hybrid cultures that have developed as the world has evolved into a postcolonial state of globalization are important postmodern theories. Acheraiou analyzes the idea of hybridity and argues against the idea of postcolonialism, believing that the world still needs to be decolonized, questioning the current state of globalization.

Hollinger, David A. Postethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism. New York: Basic Books, 2006 (ISBN: 9780465030651).

The postmodern idea of being postethnic has become a controversial theory, so much so that Hollinger has added a new postscript for this edition that responds to his critics. Despite the controversy surrounding the subject, the author's ideas are an important contribution to understanding multicultural issues of identity, as the world's ethnic groups become hybrids, including elements of other ethnicities.

Nayar, Pramod K. Postcolonialism: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2010 (ISBN: 9780826400468).

This book is an excellent guide to understanding post-colonialism in literature and cultural studies. Nayar explains the theory and background in depth and in a manner understandable to students. The author provides examples of literature and cultural texts that will help the reader understand the theory. …

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