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Construction and Representation of Race and Ethnicity in the Caribbean and the World [Hardcover]

By Mervyn C. Alleyne (Author)
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The definition and evolution of the categories of race and ethnicity have long been topics of debate among historians and scholars of social anthropology. This book examines how the meanings and values of race and ethnicity have been constructed historically and how they are represented symbolically, with particular focus on the Caribbean. Alleyne examines the historical development of these categories in Europe, in Asia and in Africa and then proceeds to an in-depth analysis of the Caribbean, with a focus on Puerto Rico, Martinique and Jamaica as three different modalities of race and ethnicity and three different colonial systems. Through a unique approach grounded in linguistic, ethnographic and historic analysis, Alleyne draws on a wide array of evidence and ultimately opposes the widely held notion that racial antagonism against black people is the consequence of New World slavery in the period following the "discovery" of the Americas in the late fifteenth century. Of particular interest to the academic audience in the fields of history, linguistics, African American and ethnic studies, sociology, and anthropology, this book also appeals to general readers interested in issues of race, ethnicity and the historical experience of African and African-descended peoples.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: University of the West Indies Press
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   University of West Indies Press
ISBN  9766401799  
ISBN13  9789766401795  

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks
2Books > Subjects > History > Americas > Caribbean & West Indies > General
3Books > Subjects > History > Americas > Caribbean & West Indies
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Anthropology > Cultural
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > General
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General
7Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology
8Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > Ethnic Studies

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excelent identity contruction analysis  Mar 3, 2010
this book clarifies a lot of doubts about race, ethnicity, construction of otherness in the Caribbean. It is a deep analysis that take into consideration Spanish spoken Caribbean (Puerto Rico), English spoken Caribbean (Jamaica)and French spoken Caribbean (Martinique). It is a must for intercultural studies.

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