Centring the Periphery: Chaos, Order, and the Ethnohistory of Dominica

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1 mar. 1994 - 280 pagini
The concept of "centring" is used to mean "ordering the world," and Baker links this to ideas in chaos theory, which views order and disorder as mutually generative phenomena rather than static antinomies. Thus strategies to control disorder and create and maintain order may suddenly precipitate change. Baker's application of these theories to an island nation that has received little detailed attention in the past makes this a highly original work, as does his holistic, post-modern perspective.
 

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1 Theoretical Questions
3
2 Indigenous Peoples and Their Contact Experience
17
3 European Discovery and Settlement
34
British Annexation French Conquest and Slave Revolts
57
5 Slavery and Emancipation
79
6 A Dominican Peasantry
108
7 The Rise of the Mulatto Élite
124
8 Capitalizing a Subsistence Economy
140
Bringing Decision Making Home
159
Independence?
177
Appendix
187
Notes
191
Bibliography
217
Index
241
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Soc & Anthro, Mt Allison U

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