Through a comprehensive selection of classic and contemporary interdisciplinary readings, <i>Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History and Representation</i> presents a variety of viewpoints to further our understanding of life and culture in the Caribbean: <ul> <li> <div>Highlights the major concepts and debates in the anthropology and history of the Caribbean, including its unique Anglo, French, and Hispanic communities</div> <li> <div>Provides  multidisciplinary perspectives on Caribbean society that show the connections between its vibrant cultural forms, political economy, and tumultuous history</div> <li> <div>Features section introductions that put readings in context, with lists of additional suggested readings for further study</div> <li> <div>Offers an overview of the strong traditions of art, literature, music, dance, and architecture in the Caribbean</div> <li> <div>Outlines the key research in Caribbean studies from history, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and folklore, examining classic ethnographies as well as new scholarship</div> </ul>
"Authors from different disciplines present their own view of the Caribbean without implementing a stringent frame offers a wide range of insights into the hybridity of Caribbean ideas and topics." (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 2010)
"Genuflecting to no tired metaphors, this is a refreshing collection of cross-disciplinary voices that compel new ways of seeing and thinking about the still undiscovered Caribbean"
, University of the West Indies, St Augustine
Acknowledgments of Sources.
Introduction: The Caribbean in Perspective (Philip W. Scher).
Part I: Living and Livelihood.
1. Houses and Yards among Caribbean Peasantries (Sidney W. Mintz).
2. Women in Jamaica?s Urban Informal Economy: Insights from a Kingston Slum (Faye V. Harrison).
3. To Give and Take: Redistribution and Reciprocity in the Household Economy (Mona Rosendahl).
Part II: Questions of Identity: "Race," Ethnicity, Class, and Gender.
4. What is "a Spanish"? Ambiguity and "Mixed" Ethnicity in Trinidad (Aisha Khan).
5. Homosexuality, Society, and the State: An Ethnography of Sublime Resistance in Martinique (David A. B. Murray).
6. Reconstructing Racial Identity: Ethnicity, Color, and Class among Dominicans in the United States and Puerto Rico (Jorge Duany).
Part III: Culture and Performance.
7: Joking: The Training of the Man-of-Words in Talking Broad (Roger D. Abrahams).
8: Rara as Popular Army: Hierarchy, Militarism, and Warfare(Elizabeth McAlister).
9: Celebrating Cricket: The Symbolic Construction of Caribbean Politics(Frank E. Manning).
10: Copyright Heritage: Preservation, Carnival and the State in Trinidad (Philip W. Scher).
Part IV: Caribbean Cosmologies.
11: The Faces of the Cosmic Gods (Leslie G. Desmangles).
12: Selection from Rastafari and Other African-Caribbean Worldviews (Barry Chevannes).
13: "Official" and "Popular" Hinduism in the Caribbean: Historical and Contemporary Trends in Surinam, Trinidad and Guyana (Steven Vertovec).
Part V: Globalization, Migration, and Diaspora in the Caribbean.
14: Globalization and the Development of a Caribbean Migration Culture (Elizabeth Thomas-Hope).
15: "The Blood Remains Haitian": Race, Nation, and Belonging in the Transmigrant Experience (Nina Glick Schiller and Georges Eugene Fouron).
16: Designing Women: Corporate Discipline and Barbados?s Off-shore Pink-Collar Sector (Carla Freeman).