Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean

Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean - Volume 2

Social Dynamics and Cultural Transformations: Eastern South America and the Caribbean
Edited by Arlene Torres and Norman E. Whitten, Jr.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/1/1998
Format: paper 576 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21194-1
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If we are to understand the meanings of "blackness" in the African diaspora and elsewhere, we must critically examine the paradigms that have emerged from Euro-American racism and black liberation over the past five centuries. So argue the editors of these foundational volumes, which add immeasurably to our understanding of black experiences in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

In their introduction to this extensive collection, the editors discuss historical forces and provide a critical, interpretive theory of structures of domination and processes of liberation in the Black Americas. By dealing with racialist concepts from the dual standpoints of nation-state and ethnic bloc, they clarify many issues of cultural representation and social identity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Author Bio

Arlene Torres is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She is affiliated with Afro-American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Latina/Latino Studies Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She serves on the editorial board of the Afro-Latin American Research Association. Torres has conducted extensive field research in Puerto Rico and Barbados.
Norman E. Whitten, Jr. is Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies and Affiliate of Afro-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His publications include Black Frontiersmen: Afro-American Culture of Ecuador and Colombia; Sacha Runa: Ethnicity and Adaptation of Ecuadorian Jungle Quichua; Cultural Transformations and Ethnicity in Modern Ecuador; and Sicuanga Runa: The Other Side of Development in Amazonian Ecuador.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Part I: The Black Americas and the African Diaspora in the Late Twentieth Century
Norman E. Whitten, Jr and Arlene Torres, General Introduction
To Forge the Future in the Fires of the Past: An Interpretive Essay on Racism, Domination,
Resistance and Liberation
Part II: Eastern South America
Chapter 1: Arlene Torres and Norman E. Whitten, Jr.
Introduction to Volume II: Eastern South America and the Caribbean
Chapter 2: Michael Mitchell
Blacks and the Abertura Democrática [Brazil]
Chapter 3: Florestan Fernandez
The Negro Problem in a Class Society, 1951-1960 [Brazil]
Chapter 4: Ralph C. Gomes
Race, Class, and Politics in Guyana: The Role of the Power Elites [Guyana]
Chapter 5: Leo A. Despres
Ethnicity and Resource Competition in Guyanese Society [Guyana]
Chapter 6: Lee Drummond
The Cultural Continuum: A Theory of Intersystems [Guyana]
Chapter 7: B. Edward Pierce
The Historical Context of Nengre Kinship and Residence: Ethnohistory of the Family Organization of Lower Status Creoles in Paramaribo [Suriname]
Chapter 8: Sally Price
Sexism and the Construction of Reality: An Afro-American Example [Suriname]
Chapter 9: Margaret Thompson Drewal
Dancing for Ògun in Yorubaland and in Brazil
Part III: The Caribbean
Chapter 10: Arlene Torres
La gran familia puertorriqueña ‘ej prieta de beldá’ The Great Puerto Rican Family is Really
Really Black
Chapter 11: M. G. Smith
Stratification in Grenada
Chapter 12: Douglas Midgett
West Indian Version: Literature, History, and Identity [Grenada]
Chapter 13: John Stewart
Stick Song [Trinidad]
Chapter 14: Bonham C. Richardson
The Contemporary Migration Cultures at St. Kitts and Nevis
Chapter 15: Kevin A. Yelvington
Gender and Ethnicity at Work in a Trinidadian Factory
Chapter 16: Faye V. Harrison
Women in Jamaica’s Urban Informal Economy: Insights from a Kingston Slum
Chapter 17: Diane J. Austin
Culture and Ideology in the English-Speaking Caribbean: A View from Jamaica
Chapter 18: Frank E. Manning
Celebrating Cricket: The Symbolic Construction of Caribbean Politics [Bermuda]
Chapter 19: Yvónne Daniel
Rumba: Social and Aesthetic Change in Cuba
Chapter 20: Michel S. Laguerre
The Voodooization of Politics in Haiti