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Afro-Creole: Power, Opposition, and Play in the Caribbean Paperback – June 5, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0801483257 ISBN-10: 0801483255 Edition: 1st
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"Burton's work is perhaps the best researched, most thoughtful, intellectually provocative study of the complex relationship between history, religion, poetics, culture, and social change especially, but not exclusively, in the English-speaking Caribbean. It is powerfully written, humorous, and meticulously examines the psychology and paradoxically religious anthropology of Jamaican and Trinidadian politics. . . . The essence of the argument is that popular protests, regardless of the practical forms like cricket, dance, or carnival in Trinidad and revivalist religions like Myal and Rastafari in Jamaica, simultaneously challenge and reinforce the status quo and are accepted substitutes for overt power confrontations. . . . Burton's conclusion suggests that the order and conservatism of most Caribbean societies may be explained by the important role of cultural activities as a historical medium for diffusing and controlling the masses."―Choice

"I recommend this book for its attention to historical detail and its breadth on the subject of the Caribbean."―John W. Nunley, American Anthropologist

"A bold and cogent study."―Sada Niang, University of Victoria, African Studies Review

"A fine and comprehensive history. . . It is perhaps the most useful survey yet on the formation of distinctively Afro-Creole forms of public expression in the Anglophonic West Indies."―New West Indian Guide

"This is a stimulating, wide-ranging and theoretically well-informed anthropological and historical exploration of Afro-Caribbean popular culture."―British Bulletim of Publications, No. 102. April 2000.

"Afro-Creole admirably captures the essence of what it means to be Caribbean. By daring to 'run against orthodox thinking' on the matter of the culture of resistance, the author has provided a provocative and thoroughly enjoyable reexamination of the entire question of African survival in the Caribbean. He will not end debate on the matter, but he has certainly greatly enriched it."―Keith Q. Warner, Research in African Literatures, Vol, 32, No. 4 (2001)

"Burton's book is bold and almost unique in its pan-Caribbean scope. He has an admirable skill at relating eclectic and seemingly disparate materials and topics, and he writes clearly on complex matters. This book has much to offer specialists as well as those who have a general interest in sociological subjects and the Caribbean."―Michael Craton, author of Testing the Chains: Resistance to Slavery in the British West Indies
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (June 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801483255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801483257
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a really key book if you want to understand the culture and history of the Caribbean. Burton successfully takes us beyond the question of African Survivals and European impositions, and gives us a key for thinking in new ways about the Caribbean as a place in itself. Burton writes clearly and there is little jargon to get in the way of his innovative thoughts on how culture really worked under slavery and then emancipation. Anyone working in the Caribbean or the Atlantic margins of Central America needs to read this book. And if you are thinking about ex-colonial countries anywhere in the world (the USA for example), you will find a lot of innovative and helpful ideas here.
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