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Disparate Diasporas: Identity and Politics in an African Nicaraguan Community

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Based on a decade the author spent among the African-Caribbean "Creole" people on Nicaragua's southern Caribbean coast, Disparate Diasporas is a study of identity formation and politics in that community. Edmund Gordon lived in Bluefields, Nicaragua, during most of the 1980s, a turbulent period during which he participated in the community's search for solutions to problems ranging from a crumbling economic base to the mutual mistrust and animosity between most Creole people and...
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Based on a decade the author spent among the African-Caribbean "Creole" people on Nicaragua's southern Caribbean coast, Disparate Diasporas is a study of identity formation and politics in that community. Edmund Gordon lived in Bluefields, Nicaragua, during most of the 1980s, a turbulent period during which he participated in the community's search for solutions to problems ranging from a crumbling economic base to the mutual mistrust and animosity between most Creole people and the Sandinista revolutionary government.

Disparate Diasporas is not a conventional ethnography. Rather than being just an observer, Gordon actively participated in the life of the community, intent on contributing to its political processes. A basic premise of his book is that engagement and activity can enhance ethnographic insights and sharpen theoretical understanding.

Disparate Diasporas shows how a particular "Black" community can evolve distinct types of diasporic consciousness, and, depending on the historical moment, how different types of memories, consciousness, and politics come to predominate. The author uses the Gramscian notion of "common sense" to understand the Creole community's history of shifting politics and ideologies, focusing on the period of the 1970s and 1980s. His work explains the inability of the Sandinistas to come to terms with the racial and cultural challenge to the Nicaraguan nation posed by the Creole community.

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Gordon (anthropology, U. Texas at Austin) draws on his decade-long stay in the town of Bluefields in his discussions of Anglo Colonialism, the emergence of Creole society, Creole social memory, the discursive struggle over race and nation, and Creole politics and the Sandinista revolution. His account is based on the premise that engagement and activity in a community can enhance ethnographic insights and sharpen theoretical understanding. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780292728196
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/8/1998
  • Series: New Interpretations of Latin America Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Race, Identity, and Revolution 1
2 Anglo Colonialism and the Emergence of Creole Society 30
3 Negotiating Modernity: Disparate Racial Politics in the Twentieth Century 51
4 Creole History and Social Memory 91
5 The Discursive Struggle over Race and Nation 119
6 Ambiguous Militancy on the Threshold of Revolution 150
7 Creole Politics and the Sandinista Revolution: Contradictions 203
8 Conclusion 253
Notes 265
Acronyms 285
References 287
Index 305
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