Before the Volcano -

Before the Volcano

Reverberations of Identity on Montserrat



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How is identity claimed, contested and sustained? This book looks at retentions, reconstructions and reverberations of identity in a colonial Caribbean setting. It is uncomfortable and impressionistic ethnography of life on the island of Montserrat leading up to and including the present day volcanic eruptions. It explores Montserrats existing colonial identity and emerging postcolonial identity drawing upon examples from local poets. Calypsonians and historians; controversial development and trade union struggles; and the impact of tourism and colonialism on the island Black Irish identity claims and the celebration and/or commemoration of St Patricks Day in particular. This book will appeal to Anthropologists, Sociologists, and Cultural Studies and Caribbean Studies scholars, as well as those involved in and concerned for the reconstruction of Montserrat the place and Monsrat the people.

Product code: 9789768189219

ISBN 9789768189219
Publisher A r a w a k publications
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW152
No. Of Pages 219