Blending Worlds


Can a person simultaneously identify him- or herself with two or more individual ethnic semantics? Can, in this sense, a person have several ethnic identities? And how is this dealt with in theory? What kind of concepts do we have about such double lives and such hybrid identities? Why is ethnicity often defended as virtually the last bastion of unambiguity? Who is interested in this?
The article centers around these questions. The empirical argumentation is based primarily on the example of the Sorbs – a Slavic minority in Germany. The theoretical argumentation tries to open out the ethnological cultural studies for some of the considerations of the system theory and the modern constructivism. The article is a plea for the hybridity of cultures, ideas, politics, and for an ethnology which takes part in this construction.

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Tschernokoshewa, E., (1997) “Blending Worlds”, Ethnologia Europaea 27(2), 139-152. doi:

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.


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Elka Tschernokoshewa (Sorbian Institute)



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