to the Wolters' Latin-Dutch dictionary hybrida means: 'bastard, Child of
a Roman and a foreigner, or of a free person and a slave.' The Grote van Dale
dictionary also first cites this original meaning, and then adds: 'something that
comprises heterogeneous elements.'
according to the same van Dale is a common notion in biochemistry (relating to
the merging of different types of DNA). And in the social sciences and philosophy
the concepts of 'hybrid' and 'hybridity' crop up. In 'Krisis - tijdschrift voor
filosophe' hybridity is described as 'the mixture of elements which are different
and which are generally separate from each other.'
is interesting that the concept of hybridity is here introduced alongside authenticity,
within the framework of a study into the relationship between these two concepts.
On the basis of a study carried out into the development of Mexican culture it
is stated that this culture, as a melting together of different 'authentic' cultures,
is a typical example of a hybrid culture - but that at the same time it is highly
authentic. Authenticity and hybridity are not opposites but are natural extensions
of each other. Hybridity produces new forms of authenticity and is inherent in
processes of social and cultural dynamics in which various cultures confront each
other (Europan 6, 2001).