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REMHURevista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana 2011, 19 36

Author: Paolo Gomarasca



REMHU - Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana ISSN: 1980-8585 Centro Scalabriniano de Estudos Migratórios Brasil Gomarasca, Paolo THE CATEGORY OF “MÉTISSAGE”: Status quaestionis REMHU - Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana, vol.
19, núm.
36, enero-junio, 2011, pp.
217-227 Centro Scalabriniano de Estudos Migratórios Brasília, Brasil Available in: How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Paolo Gomarasca THE CATEGORY OF “MÉTISSAGE”: Status quaestionis Paolo Gomarasca* As a process of encounter and fusion of different cultures, métissage has always accompanied human history.
In this history of blendings there have been, obviously, some crucial moments: the discovery of the New World and - more generally, the time of colonialism is undoubtedly emblematic.
In spite of all paranoid delusions of purity, the fact of métissage demonstrates that persons and cultures are originally and intrinsically mixed.
Are we then destined to an anarchic fusion of differences, to an infinite patchwork of identities? How can métissages contribute to democratic cohabitation? Key Words: Métissage; Migration; Democratic iterations Globalization The movement of cultures has always represented a constant in the human way of inhabiting the world1: no civilisation is thinkable without considering an articulate process of contact and interpenetration among different peoples, taking place throughout thousands of years of migrations. To make just one example, the ancient Greeks, for all their pride, regarded Egypt and the Middle East as their cultural ancestors, to the point that it seems plausible to speak about a black Athens.2 India, on the other hand...

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