Hierarchy and Heterodoxy in a Maze of Color

Keith E. McNeal

in Trance and Modernity in the Southern Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037363
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042121 | DOI:
Hierarchy and Heterodoxy in a Maze of Color

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This chapter views the history and politics of race and religion in Trinidad in relation to the political economy of colonial capitalism followed by an era of postcolonial multiculturalism in order to focus upon subaltern African and Hindu traditions of trance performance through time and across space. It frames the relevant cultural history in terms of the deep history of globalization by arguing that the Atlantic experience is one characterized by its “precocious modernity,” rendering the Caribbean as Western Modernity's “alternative.”

Keywords: Caribbean; modernity; subaltern traditions; race; globalization of religion

Chapter.  17559 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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