Cultural transformation within enslaved laborer communities in the Caribbean

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Abstract

The social and cultural systems that emerged under the harsh restrictions of slavery in the New World represent modifications of traditional African cultural systems. Through processes of cultural transformation, African culture in the Caribbean underwent a metamorphosis that incorporated many dimensions of change, including the retention of culturally defined elements that served to perpetuate an African heritage. The emergent cultures were, and are, indelibly linked with their pasts-in Africa and in the Americas. This chapter presents an argument that utilizes the concept of transformation to explain culture change associated with culture contact on Caribbean plantations. It draws on data from archaeological and historical studies of Seville Plantation, Jamaica, to illustrate how this model allows us to better understand the results of culture contact and interaction in the Americas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Culture Contact: Interaction, Culture Change, and Archaeology
PublisherSouthern Illinois University
Pages378-401
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780809334100
ISBN (Print)0809334097, 9780809334094
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Armstrong, D. (2015). Cultural transformation within enslaved laborer communities in the Caribbean. In Studies in Culture Contact: Interaction, Culture Change, and Archaeology (pp. 378-401). Southern Illinois University.

Cultural transformation within enslaved laborer communities in the Caribbean. / Armstrong, Douglas.

Studies in Culture Contact: Interaction, Culture Change, and Archaeology. Southern Illinois University, 2015. p. 378-401.

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Armstrong, D 2015, Cultural transformation within enslaved laborer communities in the Caribbean. in Studies in Culture Contact: Interaction, Culture Change, and Archaeology. Southern Illinois University, pp. 378-401.
Armstrong D. Cultural transformation within enslaved laborer communities in the Caribbean. In Studies in Culture Contact: Interaction, Culture Change, and Archaeology. Southern Illinois University. 2015. p. 378-401
Armstrong, Douglas. / Cultural transformation within enslaved laborer communities in the Caribbean. Studies in Culture Contact: Interaction, Culture Change, and Archaeology. Southern Illinois University, 2015. pp. 378-401
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