Characterized by fast-paced, highly danceable rhythms, chutney is a fusion of traditional and contemporary Indian and Caribbean influences. In this volume Tina K. Ramnarine explores the evolution of chutney and introduces the emerging Indian-Caribbean genre into the area of scholarly discourse. Through analysis of the music, Ramnarine provides insights into social processes, effects of the diasporic settlements and ways the music operates as a symbol of Indian-Caribbean identity. This introduction of new cultural elements is a common occurrence among people transplanted to an unfamiliar geographical and cultural environment.
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Author Biography - Tina K. Ramnarine
Tina K. Ramnarine has lectured at Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and at Birbeck College, University of London, England, and was a post-doctoral research fellow in musicology at Brunel University, England. She received the 1988 Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award for Women Anthropologists: A Biographical Dictionary (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1988). Ramnarine has published extensively on Caribbean culture and ethnicity.