- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
New Trade Paper
Currently out of stock.
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Other titles in the Routledge Student Readers series:
The Creolization Reader: Studies in Mixed Identities and Culturesby Cohen Robin
Synopses & Reviews
Increasingly, creolization is used to analyse cultural complexity, 'cosmopolitanism, hybridity, syncretism and mixture, prominent and growing characteristics of the global age. The Creolization Reader captures all these meanings. Attention to the creolizing world has enormous potential as a suggestive way of describing our complex world and the diverse societies in which we all now live. The Creolization Reader illuminates old creole societies and emerging cultures and identities in many parts of the world. Areas covered include Latin America, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, West, South and East Africa, the Pacific and the USA. Our authors provide an authoritative review, conspectus and critique of many aspects of creolization. This book is divided into five main sections covering the following key topics:
concepts and Theories
the Creolized World
the Creolizing World
Each section begins with a brief introduction summarizing the key arguments of the contributors, while the editors provide a provocative and comprehensive introduction to the debates provoked by creolization theory. The Creolization Reader is multi-disciplinary and includes 28 readings and original contributions drawn mainly from history, sociology, development studies, anthropology and cultural studies.
Book News Annotation:
Cohen (developmental studies, Oxford University) and Toninato (sociology and Italian studies, University of Warwick) present a compilation of essays from several sources on the subject of creolization. The authors have differing views as to the meaning of the term. Some feel that it should refer mainly to Caribbean cultures and be tied to the colonial experience. Others see it as a blending of races and/or cultures in any location. The first articles are given to defining the terminology but it obviously has varied over time and is still not fixed. The many faces of the Creole are explored, from Louisiana Creole cooking to the merging of white and "coloured" in South Africa. Cultural, religious and political aspects are all examined with each author giving different shading to the concept. Other terms are used either in apposition or as synonyms: hybrid, mixed-race, syncretic or transnational, for example. The editors provide a summary introduction to each section and the collection as a whole is an excellent introduction to the background of Creolization and the major debates in the field. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Creolization Reader illuminates old creole societies and emerging cultures and identities in many parts of the world. Areas covered include Latin America, the South Atlantic/Indian oceans, the Caribbean, West and East Africa, the Pacific and the US. The book is truly inter-disciplinary and provides a timely, reader-friendly and informative overview of creolization.
What Our Readers Are Saying
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology