4. Gëzim Visoka (2017), ‘After Hybridity’, in Nicolas Lemay-Hébert and Rosa Freedman (eds.), Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development, London: Routledge, pp. 301-324.
This chapter provides a more nuanced examination of the merits and drawbacks of hybridity in the context of peace and conflict studies and offers new research avenues for addressing some of the fallacies and criticism. Arguments in favour of hybridity in peace and conflict studies are first discussed to examine the analytical power of hybrid peace and disentangle its multifaceted dimensions. Some of the contributions in this book that are in favour of hybridity are examined to reveal the contribution they make to broader debates. Following this, the criticism of hybridity is discussed to unpack some of the key disagreements that challenge the conceptual viability and empirical reliability of hybridity. Some of the contributions in this book are situated here to explore the limitations of hybridity across different disciplines. The second part of the chapter explores ways in which Bauman’s liquidity, Deleuze’s assemblage, and Elias’s figuration could complement and supplement hybridity debates. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of how an expanded new research agenda on hybridity would look like.