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Drawing on the long and varied history of discourses of cultural hybridity across the caribbean, this book explores the rich and fraught cultural crossings that are often theorized homogeneously in postcolonial studies as 'hybridity'. What is the relationship of cultural hybridity to social equality? Why have some forms of hybridity been enshrined in the caribbean imagination and others disavowed? What is the appeal of cultural hybridity to nationalist and post-nationalist projects alike? What can we learn from the hybridization of Afro-caribbean and Indo-caribbean cultures set in motion by slavery and indentureship? In answering these questions, this book intervenes in several important debates in postcolonial studies about cultural resistance and popular agency, feminism and cultural nationalism, the relations between postmodernism and postcolonialism, and the status of nationalism in an age of globalization.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403961822
ISBN-10: 1403961824
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Shalini Puri

Shalini Puri is Associate Professor of English at the University Pittsburgh, USA.

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