Post-Colonial Trinidad: An Ethnographic Journal

Post-Colonial Trinidad: An Ethnographic Journal

by C. Clarke, Gillian Clarke
     
 
This journal, originally kept as part of a study of race and ethnic relations in Trinidad, records daily field experiences where the observers/researchers were engaged in participant observation.

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This journal, originally kept as part of a study of race and ethnic relations in Trinidad, records daily field experiences where the observers/researchers were engaged in participant observation.

Editorial Reviews

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'Post-Colonial Trinidad is a valuable addition to the ethnography of pre- and post-colonial Trinidad. . . The journal traces the evolution of the East Indian community from the time of its arrival in 1845 and the manner in which this community sought to reconstruct its life after the deconstruction occasioned by the trauma of departure from India . . . The great benefit of Post-Colonial Trinidad is that it clears up vast areas of darkness in the sociology of Caribbean Indianismé. It explains the antecedence of the Indo-Caribbean struggle to carve a space in the New World and gives a canvas against which current analyses can be made. The work is specific to Trinidad, but it closely relates to the situation in neighbouring Guyana and finds resonance in other mixed societies such as Mauritius and Fiji. It will remain relevant for a long time." - Journal of Latin American Studies

"This work is truly unique, both in terms of its focus and its location at the very beginnings of a post-colonial Caribbean society. Although the journal was created almost fifty years ago, and much has changed, the central issues continue to inform theory and practical politics. The journal itself is well written and lively, and full of rich ethnographic detail." - B.W. Higman, Australian National University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230622005
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
09/03/2010
Series:
Studies of the Americas Series
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Colin Clarke is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Oxford University and an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College. He has been Professor of Urban and Social Geography, Head of the School of Geography and Director of the Graduate Programme in Geography at Oxford University. He taught at the universities of Liverpool and Toronto, and has carried out numerous research projects in Mexico and the Caribbean. His principal research interests are in urbanization in developing countries; race, ethnicity and class in urban and rural social structures; peasant transformations; and the problems of small states. He is the author of Kingston, Jamaica: Urban Development and Social Change, 1692-1962, (1975), and East Indians in a West Indian Town: San Fernando, Trinidad, 1930-70 (1986). His most recent publications include Class, Community and Ethnicity in Southern Mexico (2000), Kingston, Jamaica: Urban Development and Social Change, 1692-2002 (2006), and Decolonizing the Colonial City: Urbanization and Stratification in Kingston, Jamaica (2006).

Gillian Clarke has degrees in German (London University) and English (University of Liverpool) and a Diploma in Education (Oxford University). She has taught in secondary schools on Merseyside and in the Oxford-London region, and her final post was as Head of German and Head of Careers at Wycombe Abbey School, a leading academic girls’ school. Since she retired, she has continued to sit as a magistrate in the Adult and Youth Courts in Oxford.

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