Trinidad Carnival

Trinidad Carnival

The Cultural Politics of a Transnational Festival
Garth Green and Philip Scher
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Format: Paperback 11 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21883-4
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Like many Caribbean nations, Trinidad has felt the effects of globalization on its economy, politics, and expressive culture. Even Carnival, once a clandestine folk celebration, has been transformed into a major transnational festival. In Trinidad Carnival, Garth L. Green, Philip W. Scher, and an international group of scholars explore Carnival as a reflection of the nation and culture of Trinidad and Trinidadians worldwide. The nine essays cover topics such as women in Carnival, the politics and poetics of Carnival, Carnival and cultural memory, Carnival as a tourist enterprise, the steelband music of Carnival, Calypso music on the world stage, Carnival and rap, and Carnival as a global celebration. For readers interested in the history and current expression of Carnival, this volume offers a multidimensional and transnational view of Carnival as a representation of Trinidad and Caribbean culture everywhere.

Contributors are Robin Balliger, Shannon Dudley, Pamela R. Franco, Patricia A. de Freitas, Ray Funk, Garth L. Green, Donald R. Hill, Lyndon Phillip, Victoria Razak, and Philip W. Scher.

Author Bio

Garth L. Green is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and International Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Philip W. Scher is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. He is author of Carnival and the Formation of a Caribbean Transnation and editor of Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture and Representation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Trinidad Carnival in Global Context Garth L. Green and Philip W. Scher
1. The Invention of Traditional Mas and the Politics of Gender Pamela R. Franco
2. The Masquerader-Anthropologist: The Poetics and Politics of Studying Carnival Patricia A. De Freitas
3. Authenticity, Commerce, and Nostalgia in the Trinidad Carnival Garth L. Green
4. When "Natives" Become Tourists of Themselves: Returning Transnationals and the Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago Philip W. Scher
5. Reading Caribana 1997: Black Youth, Puff Daddy, Style, and Diaspora Transformations Lyndon Phillip
6. Carnival in Aruba: "A Feast of Yourself" Victoria M. Razak
7. Creativity and Politics in the Steelband Music of Ray Holman Shannon Dudley
8. "Will Calypso Doom Rock'n'Roll?": The U.S. Calypso Craze of 1957 Ray Funk and Donald R. Hill
9. The Politics of Cultural Value and the Value of Cultural Politics: International Intellectual Property Legislation in Trinidad Robin Balliger
Afterword Roger Abrahams

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