Post-Colonial Trinidad: An Ethnographic Journal

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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Contents Trinidad and modernity-- modernity as a general property-- Christmas, carnival and temporal consciousness-- household as cultural idiom-- mass consumption - origins and articulations-- modernity as a specific condition. Many of these have also argued that what is required is an ethnographic work to determine how far these supposed trends actually apply to a given population.

This book explicitly accepts this challenge and, in so doing, demonstrates the potential of modern anthropology studies. It starts by summarizing some debates on modernity and then argues that the Caribbean island of Trinidad is particularly apt for such a study given the origins of its population in slavery and indentured labour, both forms of extreme social rupture.

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The particular focus of this book is on mass consumption and the way goods and imported images such as soap opera have been used to express and develop a number of key contradictions of modernity. It will be of interest to anthropologists looking for a new potential for the discipline, as well as students in other fields who will be interested in the new contribution of anthropology to their debates.

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Browse related items Start at call number: GN T7 M55 It will remain relevant for a long time. 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. Higman, Australian National University.

Clarke and Clarke have created a journal that provides an ethnographic record of the East Indians and Creoles of San Fernando - and the entire sugar belt south of the town known as Naparima. They record socio-political relations during the second year of Trinidad s independence , and provide first-hand evidence for the workings of a complex, plural society in which race, religion, and politics had become, and have remained, deeply intertwined. Entries occur whenever there is evidence of social scientific importance to the project, and these range from descriptions of weddings and pujas prayer ceremonies devoted to a Hindu deity to interviews with religious leaders, politicians and members of the south Trinidad elite.

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Review 'Post-Colonial Trinidad is a valuable addition to the ethnography of pre- and post-colonial Trinidad. The novel includes a map of Trinidad and Tobago and a glossary of the dialect words used in the story. Set in the outskirts of San Fernando, Trinidad, Dilemmas of Deokie follows nineteen-year-old Deokie Ramoutar as she struggles to come to terms with the challenges her country faces and her emerging ambition to transform her own life and the lives of those around her. The novel portrays the close community surrounding Deokie, the life of her family and her friends, with its laughter, heartache and occasional tragedy.

Most of all it explores the feelings of a younger generation getting to grips with the conflicting demands of traditional cultural expectations and the heady attractions of contemporary life. Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation. It circles the Caribbean while focusing on Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados, tracing the indelible parameters drawn on each society by the colonial encounter, crossing the boundaries of disciplines and the methodologies and material of history, literature, art, gender and cultural studies.

The book reveals a perspective of the Caribbean as not only conquered territory on which empires were built, but where cultures were reborn in the new world, where adaptability and willingness to accept the Other has created an interlocking mosaic in which all peoples are reflected.

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