Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xi

It is imperative in these times of rampant cynicism and incredulity regarding the goal of achieving a universality rich with ever-deepening particularities to remain faithful to those whose blood and sweat have afforded us the opportunity to be academics. ...

Map of Saint Martin and Sint Maarten

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pp. xii-13

Map of the Caribbean Islands

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pp. xiii-15

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Introduction: A New Jerusalem in the Caribbean Sea

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pp. 1-10

Identity as a problematic category of practice, in which certain people are viewed as being identical to one another while others are regarded as totally different, is one of the leading themes in the human sciences. In study after study we are furnished with evidence that identity politics and the feeling of belonging, ...

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1. So Many Men, So Many Histories: The History that Matters to the Islanders

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pp. 11-31

So many men, so many histories. Such an axiom is undoubtedly heresy for any serious student of history. Yet on multicultural and multinational SXM this saying is true. Those who think that newcomers can never love a place without a proper grasp of that place’s history should visit this island. ...

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2. Performing Identities on Saint Martin and Sint Maarten

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pp. 32-74

“All of them are important to me; they have a reason. Now stop minding my business.” In her characteristically temperamental style, Miss Maria, an ex-schoolteacher in her late sixties, replied to my observation that although she considered herself a local, she also displayed national allegiance to Anguilla and Curaçao. ...

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3. Christianity as a Metalanguage of Inclusiveness

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pp. 75-108

I knew that Violet was angry with Mervin by the way she spoke to him. Her eyes were filled with rage. He had had the audacity to disturb her afternoon quiet by using a portable amplifier and microphone to give an open-air service within a few meters of her yard. ...

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4. Clarke’s Two Vitamin Cs for Successful Living

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pp. 109-140

“Isn’t it picture perfect?” Olga remarked, pointing up to the sky as she wiggled her hips, captivating everyone in sight with a kind of Ukrainian– Saint Martinian–Canadian dance to Short Shirt’s calypso tune that was leaping out of the speakers. Olga had been born and raised in Canada by Ukrainian parents but had migrated to SXM ...

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5. DJ Shadow’s Prescription for Rastafari Individuality

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pp. 141-175

In the popular Western perception, Rastafari is still synonymous with the Caribbean downtrodden. So too is roots reggae, or conscious reggae, as they call this genre on SXM. DJ Shadow, a handsome brown-skinned Rasta with deep dimples who always dresses in the latest fads, shows this to be a far more complicated affair. ...

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6. The Hip-Hop- and Christian-Inspired Metaphysics of DJ Cimarron

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pp. 176-205

It was a hot Tuesday afternoon in September, and I was on my way to SBN radio. I had an appointment with DJ Cimarron, a thin, dark-skinned man who looked a bit bookish. He would be broadcasting what was supposed to be his first intergenerational talk show, the Talking Drums, in which poor talented youths and influential adults would discuss issues relevant to both generational groups. ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 206-224

Let the salvos begin: Where are the antagonisms between the Caribbean downtrodden and the Western exploiters? Where is the neocolonial struggle against the imperialist West? Where are the anti-Dutch and anti-French protests? Where are the reports of corruption and mismanagement by local government officials playing the dependency theory card on their European overlords? ...

Notes

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pp. 225-228

References

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pp. 229-244

Index

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pp. 245-255

Production Notes

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pp. 271-271