Cover, Title Page, Copyright

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. vii-viii

read more

Preface

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. ix-xi

Creolization is never-ending. For the editors, an Argentine criolla with Andalusian and Moravian ancestors and a New York Jew with roots in Belarus, Hungary, Lithuania, and Poland, the subject of this volume has deep personal resonance and represents...

read more

Introduction: Creolization as Cultural Creativity

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 3-19

Creolization is cultural creativity in process. When cultures come into contact, expressive forms and performances emerge from their encounter, embodying the sources that shape them yet constituting new and different entities. Fluid in their adaptation to changing...

read more

Metaphors of Incommensurability

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 20-31

The old Black woman who gave Jeanette Robinson Murphy an account of how spirituals were created reminds us that it is “mixture” that lurks behind the vast array of words that have been used over the last four hundred years to describe the processes...

read more

Monde Créole: The Cultural World of French Louisiana Creoles and the Creolization of World Cultures

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 32-67

In June of 1934 young Alan Lomax was in pursuit of the oral traditional music of Cajun and Creole Louisiana. His recording of African French singer Jimmy Peters’s “J’ai fait tout le tour du pays” in the southwest prairie, rice-farming village...

read more

Creolization, Nam, Absent Loved Ones, Watchers, and Serious Play with “Toys”

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 68-108

This essay points up the multiple theoretical trajectories associated with the term “creolization” over the past forty years. In light of this history, I argue that the term has outlived its usefulness as a unitary theoretical rubric. However, as an open-ended...

read more

Ritual Piracy: Or Creolization with an Attitude

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 109-136

The first thing that attracted my attention when visiting the altar room of a Puerto Rican bruja (witch-healer) was the bizarre mishmash of Catholic saints and Afro-Caribbean and Amerindian deities, standing in front of a Buddha and the chromolithograph...

read more

Africa’s Creole Drum: The Gumbe as Vector and Signifier of Trans-African Creolization

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 137-177

The story told here—a transatlantic story of displacement, cultural reinvention, and creolization—begins well over two centuries ago, in 1800. Almost precisely at midnight, on the first of October in that year, several hundred black people completed...

read more

Techniques of Creolization

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 178-197

Creolization, presented in detail by authors in this volume, is gaining currency around the world under various names. Its realities, in the socially situated interaction of human beings, deserve attention. As an example of flattening the concept...

read more

Creole Talk: The Poetics and Politics of Argentine Verbal Art

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 198-227

Words, and alternative ways of talking, have habitually been the poor man’s currency in creole societies; forever, as well, have they served as weapons against oppressive authority, vehicles for solidarity among all manner of disenfranchised peoples...

read more

Villes, Poèmes: The Postwar Routes of Caribbean Creolization

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 228-242

In his 1958 study of Haitian Vodou Alfred Métraux made the following observation: “People are prone to suppose that the purest and richest traditions are to be found in the remotest valleys. The little I was able to see of rural Voodoo convinced...

read more

Amalgams and Mosaics, Syncretisms and Reinterpretations: Reading Herskovits and Contemporary Creolists for Metaphors of Creolization

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 243-284

Creolization is a slippery concept, powerful in its ability to characterize emergent cultural forms but eluding precision in definition. Perhaps its slipperiness befits a concept so useful for rendering the fluidity of processes build out of the interpenetration...

read more

About Face: Rethinking Creolization

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 285-305

Creolization is a complex process of cultural mirroring and blending that occurs when peoples come together for trade and other forms of exchange. Creolizing is a process of mixing which maintains its precarious stability. The mixt, the mixtury...

References

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 307-338

List of Contributors

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 339-342

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 343-354