Culture of Polis, Year XVIII (2021), Issue 46, pp. 169-181
ISSN 1820-4589

DALIBOR PETROVIĆ
Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, Belgrade, Serbia
d.petrovic@sf.bg.ac.rs

UDC: 141.78:008.2
DOI: https://doi.org/10.51738/Kpolisa2021.18.3r.2.06

Review work
Received: 2021-09-01
Approved: 2021-09-25
Online: 2021-10-18

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KULTURA OTKAZIVANJA KAO HIBRIDNI OBRAZAC POSTMODERNE DRUŠTVENOSTI
CANCEL CULTURE AS A HYBRID PATTERN OF POSTMODERN SOCIABILITY

SUMMARY
The central issue discussed in this paper concerns the post-modern social development, which has made people – high-ranking officials, persons entrenched in the cultural establishment, intellectuals, and ordinary individuals without public notoriety alike – stew over every publicly uttered word under threat of total “cancellation”. Despite frequent attempts to interpret this phenomenon, now commonly referred to as the cancel culture, in the light of maintaining the hegemony of liberal thought or as a peculiar continuation of political correctness, I shall demonstrate herein that the key function of the cancel culture is the social embedment of disembedded individuals, as part of a global trend of tribalisation of society. This is the result of various processes which accompany the reflexive modernisation and bring about insecurity and distrust as the main characteristics of life in a risk society. Individuals are therefore forced to seek refuge in adopted hybrid patterns of sociability, the cancel culture being only one of them. These patterns arise as a consequence of convergence of pre-modern and post-modern patterns of sociability by means of digital technologies, which become their hybridisation agent.

KEYWORDS
cancel culture, identity, tribalism, pre-modern, post-modern, sociability, hybridisation

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