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Culture and Society in the Caribbean: Week 12

This week I had prepared for class by having conducted two interviews and finishing the transcription process.  I’d sent these to Comitas the night before and it seems that he only got to glance at them.  Still not happy about talking about my project this week, but I felt that my project was taking form.  It felt kind of ‘cheatsy’ to do as Comitas suggests: to just interweave the words of the two transcripts as a dialogue.

Yet, having started to do this (thinking it will only be a part of the project, I just keep dreaming) I’m realizing how much work it is from my end and that it needs to be done with a great awareness of the complexities.


Generational responses to identity for Caribbean emigrants – Economics? -Continuity of cultural influences – sending kids back to Jamaica etc

Q: re – ‘ticking the box’ as an example of identity defining action 

–> make the various theories/stories/narratives of “Blackness” clear.  Noirisme, etc (what is in this etc? negritude?) 

Biblio – “Ethnicity and ethnic groups in America: the view from Harvard” – M.G. Smith

re: African-American teacher at IHE trying to draw connections to East Indian students –

{noteI think this could fit into the problems outlines by M.G.Smith.  There was a desire on her part to draw in these students into an idea of the oppressive whites as others to her/their inclusive Blackness.}

Q: What historical factors, political, created movement out of Haiti and Jamaica?

–Comitas mentioned that there was a violent purge of Middle Class from Haiti in the 1980s.

NOTE: Check out Performance-Anthropology at NYU



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