Betwixt and Between: Explorations in an African-Caribbean Mindscape

Betwixt and Between: Explorations in an African-Caribbean Mindscape

By Barry Chevannes
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Book Description

In this thought provoking collection of essays, anthropologist Barry Chevannes carefully exposes the underlying ideas and values that have given and are giving shape to social life in Jamaica and the Caribbean Region in general. In so doing, he goes beyond a mere examination of social structure, best exemplified by the works of earlier anthropologists like M.G. Smith, to present a comprehensive examination of the nature of Jamaican society. Chevannes advances our understanding of the complex issues of African-Caribbean identity and culture that have plagued intellectuals and scholars form Melville Herskovits right through to contemporary writers like Maureen Warner-Lewis and artists like Kamau Brathwaite.

Table of Contents
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • PART 1 - The African Presence
    • Africa and the Caribbean: Reflections on an Identity
    • Forward to the Past:Jamaica is Africa
    • Ambiguity and the Searchfor Knowledge
  • PART 2 - The Spider God
    • Rastafari and theParadox of Disorder
    • Rastafari and theCritical Tradition
    • Fatherhood in the African-Caribbean Landscape
  • PART 3 - The Moral Order
    • The Evasion of Moral Responsibility: A View from Within
    • The Values We Live By
    • Cosmological Reproduction: Space and Identity
  • PART 4 - Integration and Control
    • Law and the African-Caribbean Family
    • Criminalizing Cultural Practice: The Case of Ganja in Jamaica
    • Those Two Jamaicas:The Problem of Social Integration
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
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