Constructing Vernacular Culture In The Trans-Caribbean

Constructing Vernacular Culture In The Trans-Caribbean

by Holger Henke, Karl-Heinz Magister, Magister
     
 

ISBN-10: 073912160X

ISBN-13: 9780739121603

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: Lexington Books

In this volume, the editors and authors strive to understand the evolving Trans-Caribbean as a discontinuous, displacing, and displaced transnational space. The Trans-Caribbean is therefore understood as a space suspended in a double dialectic, which opposes both the hegemonic metropolitan space inhabited, as well as the romanticized, yet colonialized, "inner…  See more details below

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In this volume, the editors and authors strive to understand the evolving Trans-Caribbean as a discontinuous, displacing, and displaced transnational space. The Trans-Caribbean is therefore understood as a space suspended in a double dialectic, which opposes both the hegemonic metropolitan space inhabited, as well as the romanticized, yet colonialized, "inner plantation" (Kamau Brathwaite), whose transcendence via migration perpetually turns out to be an illusion.

The construction of cultural products in the Trans-Caribbean-understood as a collection of social and new migratory practices-both reflects and contests postcolonial metropolitan hegemonies. Following Arjun Appadurai's distinction, these homogenizing and heterogenizing countertrends in Trans-Caribbean spaces can be observed through cultural transactions manifesting themselves as ethnoscapes, mediascapes, technoscapes, financescapes, cityscapes, ideoscapes, etc.

For the purposes of this book, the editors invited anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, linguists, liberal arts and gender studies specialists, as well as cultural and literary historians, to begin drawing some of the diasporic trajectories on the huge canvas of cultural production throughout the Trans-Caribbean. Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean will find its audience among scholars in cultural studies, migration, literary theory, and cultural criticism who have a special interest in Caribbean and Latin American studies, as well as among students and scholars of migration and postcolonialism and postmodernity in general.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739121603
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Series:
Caribbean Studies (Lexington Books) Ser.
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
1.13(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Anton Allahar     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean   Holger Henke   Karl-Heinz Magister     xv
(Re-)Creating Homes in the Vernacular
Premigration Legacies and Transnational Identities: Afro-Surinamese and Indo-Surinamese in the Netherlands   Mies van Niekerk     3
The Many Voices of Caribbean Culture in New York City   Bettina E. Schmidt     23
Family Reunion Rituals of African-Caribbean Transnational Families: Instilling a Historical and Diasporic Consciousness   Constance R. Sutton     43
Performing Identities
Dancing around Dancehall: Popular Music and Pentecostal Identity in Transnational Jamaica and Haiti   Melvin L. Butler     63
Rituals, Journeys, and Modernity: Caribbean Spiritual Baptists in New York   Maarit Forde     101
Performing "Difference": Gossip in Olive Senior's Short Stories   Carol Bailey     123
"This Is My Vibes": Legitimizing Vernacular Expressions in Caribana   Lyndon Phillip     139
Writing Self, Other, and (Trans-)Nation in the Trans-Caribbean
Patrick Chamoiseau's Seascapes and the Trans-Caribbean Imaginary   Wendy Knepper     155
"A Local Habitation and a Name": Travelers, Migrants, Nomads of "Caribbean New York"in Colin Channer's Waiting in Vain   Karl-Heinz Magister     177
Playing Both Home and Away: National and Transnational Identities in the Work of Bruce St. John   Elaine Savory     219
The Amerindian Transnational Experience in Pauline Melville's The Ventriloquist's Tale   Tanya Shields     267
Readings from Aqui y Alla: Music, Commercialism, and the Latino-Caribbean Transnational Imaginary   Raphael Dalleo     299
The (Trans-)Nation (Dis-)Embodied
Like Sugar in Coffee: Third Wave Feminism and the Caribbean   Patricia Mohammed     321
Work That Body: Sexual Citizenship and Embodied Freedom   Mimi Sheller     345
Caribbean Cyberculture: Towards an Understanding of Gender, Sexuality, and Identity within the Digital Culture Matrix   Curwen Best     377
Index     399
Contributors     403

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