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

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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.

Contents

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.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781405105668
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781405105668
  • weight: 586
  • ISBN10: 1405105666

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