Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

4. Strategizing Subjectivity: Creolization and Intentionality in Studies of Caribbean Religions

Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

K. Merinda Simmons [+-]
University of Alabama
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K. Merinda Simmons is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, and author of Changing the Subject: Writing Women across the African Diaspora (Ohio State University Press, 2014). She focuses in her teaching and research on identi- cations of race, gender, and religion in the Caribbean and the American South.

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This chapter looks at academic discourses on hybridity and creolization in the context of Caribbean religious traditions. A major emphasis in these discourses is the perceived strategic and subversive patterning of hybrid belief systems by slaves in the Caribbean under Christian colonial rule. Using the text Creole Religions of the Caribbean: An Introduction from Vodou and Santería to Obeah and Espiritismo, by Margarite Fernández Olmos and Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, as a point of departure, I argue for scholarly consideration of the implications of the articulated impulses of projects like this, projects that are prevalent in academic discussions of identity and migration within African diasporas.

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Simmons, K. Merinda. 4. Strategizing Subjectivity: Creolization and Intentionality in Studies of Caribbean Religions. Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 73-95 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781790731. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23802. Date accessed: 19 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23802. Jan 2019

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