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Understanding hybrid identities: From mechanical models to complex systems

World Futures 66 (3 & 4):243 – 265 (2010)
This article examines the use of organic and mechanistic metaphors that have underpinned the modeling of national governance in the social sciences and also framed the representation of the social impact of migration. It argues that the global patterns of migration and the contemporary forms of hybrid subjectivity do not fit well with these conceptual frameworks. The limits of this framework are examined through Harald Kleinschmidt's theory of residentialism, and the outlines of an alternative conceptual frame is proposed by drawing on key terms that have been developed in complexity theory
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