Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation (Global Perspectives)

Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation (Global Perspectives)

By: Philip W. Scher (editor), Kevin A. Yelvington (editor)Paperback

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Through a comprehensive selection of classic and contemporary interdisciplinary readings, Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History and Representation presents a variety of viewpoints to further our understanding of life and culture in the Caribbean: * Highlights the major concepts and debates in the anthropology and history of the Caribbean, including its unique Anglo, French, and Hispanic communities* Provides multidisciplinary perspectives on Caribbean society that show the connections between its vibrant cultural forms, political economy, and tumultuous history* Features section introductions that put readings in context, with lists of additional suggested readings for further study* Offers an overview of the strong traditions of art, literature, music, dance, and architecture in the Caribbean* Outlines the key research in Caribbean studies from history, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and folklore, examining classic ethnographies as well as new scholarship

About Author

Philip W. Scher is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. He has worked in the Caribbean since 1993 and his recent publications include Trinidad Carnival: The Cultural Politics of a Transnational Festival (with Garth Green, 2007) and Carnival and the Formation of a Caribbean Transnation (2003), as well as a number of articles on Caribbean heritage, folklore, religion, art and politics.


Acknowledgments. Acknowledgments of Sources. Introduction: The Caribbean in Perspective (Philip W. Scher). Part I: Living and Livelihood. Introduction. 1. Houses and Yards among Caribbean Peasantries (Sidney W. Mintz). 2. Women in Jamaica's Urban Informal Economy: Insights from a Kingston Slum (Faye V. Harrison). 3. To Give and Take: Redistribution and Reciprocity in the Household Economy (Mona Rosendahl). Part II: Questions of Identity: "Race," Ethnicity, Class, and Gender. Introduction. 4. What is "a Spanish"? Ambiguity and "Mixed" Ethnicity in Trinidad (Aisha Khan). 5. Homosexuality, Society, and the State: An Ethnography of Sublime Resistance in Martinique (David A. B. Murray). 6. Reconstructing Racial Identity: Ethnicity, Color, and Class among Dominicans in the United States and Puerto Rico (Jorge Duany). Part III: Culture and Performance. Introduction. 7: Joking: The Training of the Man-of-Words in Talking Broad (Roger D. Abrahams). 8: Rara as Popular Army: Hierarchy, Militarism, and Warfare(Elizabeth McAlister). 9: Celebrating Cricket: The Symbolic Construction of Caribbean Politics(Frank E. Manning). 10: Copyright Heritage: Preservation, Carnival and the State in Trinidad (Philip W. Scher). Part IV: Caribbean Cosmologies. Introduction. 11: The Faces of the Cosmic Gods (Leslie G. Desmangles). 12: Selection from Rastafari and Other African-Caribbean Worldviews (Barry Chevannes). 13: "Official" and "Popular" Hinduism in the Caribbean: Historical and Contemporary Trends in Surinam, Trinidad and Guyana (Steven Vertovec). Part V: Globalization, Migration, and Diaspora in the Caribbean. Introduction. 14: Globalization and the Development of a Caribbean Migration Culture (Elizabeth Thomas-Hope). 15: "The Blood Remains Haitian": Race, Nation, and Belonging in the Transmigrant Experience (Nina Glick Schiller and Georges Eugene Fouron). 16: Designing Women: Corporate Discipline and Barbados's Off-shore Pink-Collar Sector (Carla Freeman). Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781405105668
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781405105668
  • weight: 586
  • ISBN10: 1405105666

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