Creole Indigeneity: Between Myth and Nation in the Caribbean (Hardback)
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Creole Indigeneity: Between Myth and Nation in the Caribbean (Hardback)

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Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 25/10/2012
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During the colonial period in Guyana, the country\u2019s coastal lands were worked by enslaved Africans and indentured Indians. In Creole Indigeneity, Shona N. Jackson investigates how their descendants, collectively called Creoles, have remade themselves as Guyana\u2019s new natives, displacing indigenous peoples in the Caribbean through an extension of colonial attitudes and policies.Looking particularly at the nation\u2019s politically fraught decades from the 1950s to the present, Jackson explores aboriginal and Creole identities in Guyanese society. Through government documents, interviews, and political speeches, she reveals how Creoles, though unable to usurp the place of aboriginals as First Peoples in the New World, nonetheless managed to introduce a new, more socially viable definition of belonging, through labor. The very reason for bringing enslaved and indentured workers into Caribbean labor became the organizing principle for Creoles\u2019 new identities.Creoles linked true belonging, and so political and material right, to having performed modern labor on the land; labor thus became the basis for their subaltern, settler modes of indigeneity-a contradiction for belonging under postcoloniality that Jackson terms \u201cCreole indigeneity.\u201d In doing so, her work establishes a new and productive way of understanding the relationship between national power and identity in colonial, postcolonial, and anticolonial contexts.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816677757
Number of pages: 328
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm


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"Shona Jackson's Creole Indigeneity breaks open a long-standing conundrum on the relationship between diasporan blacks and the modes of indigeneity with which they are both intersected with and/or located as oppositional to by dominant discourses in the West. Simply put, it is must-reading for all scholars of blackness and the African Diaspora because she does indeed `illuminate those interwoven histories beneath the surface' that inform our broad and deeply complex ancestries."-Michelle M. Wright, Northwestern University


"The incorporation of a literary studies approach within historical and political subjectives and policy and legislation analysis provides an interesting methodological example for weaving different academic perspectives together, which may well encourage others to follow suit."-New West Indian Guide

"Contrasting the South American plantation coast of Guyana with the more indigenous interior, Jackson points the Caribbean's cultural and ideological displacement of the actual indigenous, to the tropical interiors of American space, to make room for the claims, both figural and literal, ideological and territorial, of the inhabitants of the 'Creole' coast'"-American Quarterly

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