Afro-Creole: Power, Opposition and Play in the Caribbean / Edition 1

Afro-Creole: Power, Opposition and Play in the Caribbean / Edition 1

by Richard D.E. Burton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801483255

ISBN-13: 9780801483257

Pub. Date: 06/01/1997

Publisher: Cornell University Press

This wide-ranging book explores the origins, development, and character of Afro-Caribbean cultures from the slave period to the present day. Richard D. E. Burton focuses on ways in which African traditions—including those in religion, music, food, dress, and family structure—were transformed by interaction with European and indigenous forces to create the…  See more details below

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This wide-ranging book explores the origins, development, and character of Afro-Caribbean cultures from the slave period to the present day. Richard D. E. Burton focuses on ways in which African traditions—including those in religion, music, food, dress, and family structure—were transformed by interaction with European and indigenous forces to create the particular cultures of Jamaica, Trinidad, and Haiti. He demonstrates how the resulting Afro-Creole cultures have both challenged and reinforced the social, political, and economic status quo in these countries.Jamaican slaves opposed slavery in many ways and one of the most important, Burton suggests, was the development of Afro-Christianity. He pays particular attention to the African-derived Christmas celebration of Jonkonnu as an expression of opposition and then documents religion in the post-slavery period, with an emphasis on Rastafarianism in Jamaica and Vodou in Haiti. The element of play has always figured importantly in Afro-Caribbean life. Burton examines the evolution of carnival and calypso in Trinidad and describes the significance of cricket in defining Caribbean national identity. Based on ten years of research, Afro-Creole draws on historical, anthropological, sociological, and literary sources. Burton characterizes the emergence of Caribbean identity with three different national flavors and demonstrates how culture both reflects and impacts people's changing sense of their own political power.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801483257
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
17 Years

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on Terminology
Introduction1
1From African to Afro-Creole: The Making of Jamaican Slave Culture, 1655-183813
2Resistance and Opposition in Jamaica, 1800-183447
3In the Shadow of the Whip: Religion and Opposition in Jamaica, 1834-199290
4The Carnival Complex156
5Masquerade, Possession, and Power in the Caribbean221
Conclusion263
Glossary269
References271
Index291

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