Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, Social Dynamics and Cultural Transformations: Central America, Northern, and Western South America

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"The chapters in these volumes excel in describing the diverse cultural responses of black populations to unique local and national contexts.... Whitten and Torres have produced a valuable collection destined to become a standard reference work on black cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean." —American Anthropologist

To understand the meanings of "blackness" in the African diaspora, we must critically examine the paradigms that have emerged over the past five centuries out of Euroamerican racism and black liberation. These seminal volumes add immeasurably to our understanding of those paradigms and of the black experience in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253211934
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Blacks in the Diaspora Ser.
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman E. Whitten, Jr. is Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies and Affiliate of Afro-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His publications include Black Frontiersmen: Afro-American Culture of Ecuador and Columbia; Sacha Runa: Ethnicity and Adaptation of Ecuadorian Jungle Quichua; Cultural Transformations and Ethnicity in Modern Ecuador; and Sicuanga Runa: The Other Side of Development in Amazonian Ecuador.
Arlene Torres is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She is affiliated with Afro American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Latina/Latino Studies Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She serves on the editorial board of the Afro-Latin American Research Association. Torres has conducted extensive field research in Puerto Rico and Barbados.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Part I: The Black Americas and the African Diaspora in the Late Twentieth Century
Norman E. Whitten, Jr. and Arlene Torres, General Introduction
To Forge the Future in the Fires of the Past: An Interpretive Essay on Racism, Domination, Resistance and Liberation

Part II: Central America and the Northern South American Lowlands
Chapter 1: Norman E. Whitten, Jr. and Arlene Torres,
Introduction to Volume I: Central America, Northern, and Western South America
Chapter 2: Norman E. Whitten, Jr. and Diego Quiroga,
"... to rescue national dignity": Blackness as a Quality of Nationalist Creativity in Ecuador
Chapter 3: R. S. Bryce-Laporte
Crisis, Contraculture, and Religion Among West Indians in the Panama Canal Zone
Chapter 4: Philippe Bourgois
The Black Diaspora in Costa Rica: Upward Mobility and Ethnic Discrimination
Chapter 5: Virginia Kerns
Structural Continuity in the Division of Men’s and Women’s Work among the Black Carib (Garífuna) [Belize]
Chapter 6: Carol L. Jenkins
Ritual and Resource Flow: The Garífuna dugu
Chapter 7: Norman E. Whitten, Jr.
Ritual Enactment of Sex Roles in the Pacific Lowlands of Ecuador-Colombia
Chapter 8: Nina S. de Friedeman
Gold Mining and Descent: Guëlmambí, Nariño [Colombia]
Chapter 9: Rebecca B. Bateman
Africans and Indians: A Comparative Study of the Black Carib and Black Seminole [Honduras, Belize, Florida]
Chapter 10: Berta Pérez
Pantera Negra: A Messianic Figure of Historical Resistance and Cultural Survival Among Maroon Descendants in Southern Venezuela
Chapter 11: David M. Guss
The Selling of San Juan: The Performance of History in an Afro-Venezuelan Community
Chapter 12: Joel Streicker
Policing Boundaries: Race, Class, and Gender in Cartagena, Colombia [Atlantic Coast, Colombia]

Part III: The Andes
Chapter 13: Peter Wade
The Cultural Politics of Blackness in Colombia
Chapter 14: Madeline Barbara Léons
Stratification and Pluralism in the Bolivian Yungas
Chapter 15: Kathleen Klumpp
Black Traders of North Highland Ecuador
Chapter 16: Peter Wade
Medellín: Working in the City
Medellín: Living in the City
Chapter 17: Robert W. Templeman
"We Are of the Yungas, We Are the Saya Race:" Afro-Bolivian Music and the Emergence of the Black Movement in Bolivia
Chapter 18: Michael Taussig
Folk Healing and the Structure of Conquest in Southwest Colombia

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