Chapter

So Many Men, so Many Histories

Francio Guadeloupe

in Chanting Down the New Jerusalem

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254886
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254886.003.0002
So Many Men, so Many Histories

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This chapter explains how the islanders are not interested in creating a collective history or asserting primacy to a certain history as the basis of belonging. History functions as a commodity that allows tourism workers to play the role of historically oppressed people, who carry no grudges and even openly welcome visitors who have benefited from the exploitation of their grandparents.

Keywords: collective history; belonging; history; tourism workers; exploitation

Chapter.  8720 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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