Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, Volume 1

Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean, Volume 1 : Social Dynamics and Cultural Transformations: Central America and Northern and Western South America

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"The chapters in these volumes excel in describing the diverse cultural responses of black populations to unique local and national contexts.... Whitten and Torres have produced a valuable collection destined to become a standard reference work on black cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean." -American AnthropologistTo understand the meanings of "blackness" in the African diaspora, we must critically examine the paradigms that have emerged over the past five centuries out of Euroamerican racism and black liberation. These seminal volumes add immeasurably to our understanding of those paradigms and of the black experience in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.show more

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  • Paperback | 536 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 657.71g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 025321193X
  • 9780253211934

About Norman E. Whitten

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 Columbia; 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.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.show more

Table of contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsPart I: The Black Americas and the African Diaspora in the Late Twentieth CenturyNorman E. Whitten, Jr. and Arlene Torres, General IntroductionTo Forge the Future in the Fires of the Past: An Interpretive Essay on Racism, Domination, Resistance and LiberationPart II: Central America and the Northern South American LowlandsChapter 1: Norman E. Whitten, Jr. and Arlene Torres, Introduction to Volume I: Central America, Northern, and Western South AmericaChapter 2: Norman E. Whitten, Jr. and Diego Quiroga,"... to rescue national dignity": Blackness as a Quality of Nationalist Creativity in EcuadorChapter 3: R. S. Bryce-LaporteCrisis, Contraculture, and Religion Among West Indians in the Panama Canal ZoneChapter 4: Philippe BourgoisThe Black Diaspora in Costa Rica: Upward Mobility and Ethnic DiscriminationChapter 5: Virginia KernsStructural Continuity in the Division of Men's and Women's Work among the Black Carib (Garifuna) [Belize]Chapter 6: Carol L. JenkinsRitual and Resource Flow: The Garifuna duguChapter 7: Norman E. Whitten, Jr.Ritual Enactment of Sex Roles in the Pacific Lowlands of Ecuador-ColombiaChapter 8: Nina S. de FriedemanGold Mining and Descent: Guelmambi, Narino [Colombia]Chapter 9: Rebecca B. BatemanAfricans and Indians: A Comparative Study of the Black Carib and Black Seminole [Honduras, Belize, Florida]Chapter 10: Berta PerezPantera Negra: A Messianic Figure of Historical Resistance and Cultural Survival Among Maroon Descendants in Southern VenezuelaChapter 11: David M. GussThe Selling of San Juan: The Performance of History in an Afro-Venezuelan CommunityChapter 12: Joel StreickerPolicing Boundaries: Race, Class, and Gender in Cartagena, Colombia [Atlantic Coast, Colombia]Part III: The AndesChapter 13: Peter WadeThe Cultural Politics of Blackness in ColombiaChapter 14: Madeline Barbara LeonsStratification and Pluralism in the Bolivian YungasChapter 15: Kathleen KlumppBlack Traders of North Highland EcuadorChapter 16: Peter WadeMedellin: Working in the CityMedellin: Living in the CityChapter 17: Robert W. Templeman"We Are of the Yungas, We Are the Saya Race:" Afro-Bolivian Music and the Emergence of the Black Movement in BoliviaChapter 18: Michael TaussigFolk Healing and the Structure of Conquest in Southwest Colombiashow more

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