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  • Interplay Of Cultural Narratives in Martinique : French, African and Indian Journeys Toward a Pluralistic Society

Interplay Of Cultural Narratives in Martinique : French, African and Indian Journeys Toward a Pluralistic Society

by Mahadevi Ramakrishnan and R Scott Smith



This book explores the history of immigration and development of cultural identities on the island of Martinique from 1635 to the present with particular attention to the major cultural groups—African, French, and Indian—as well the role of the indigenous Caribs in cultural hybridization. This interdisciplinary study of intertwined adaptive strategies to emigration and resettlement provides insight into the complicated tapestry of contemporary Martinican identity, including Martinique's chosen status as an Overseas Department of France. To help students navigate nearly 400 years of complex history, the authors provide a glossary and questions for reflection.

An effective survey of Martinique's hybrid, and indeed multifaceted, cultural identity through the thematic prisms of resettlement and migration.… The complex issues marking the post-emancipation period receive thoroughgoing treatment as well, particularly the contributions of the island's Indian, Congolese, Chinese, and Syro-Lebanese arrivants…. It will be valuable reading for scholars in Caribbean Studies, French Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and related fields.
—Professor H. Adlai Murdoch, Professor of Francophone Studies and Director of Africana Studies,
Tufts University.

Mahadevi Ramakrishnan is Senior Lecturer in French at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, and also teaches about the French Caribbean. She received her D.A. in Foreign Languages from Syracuse University with an additional concentration in International Relations. Most recently, her research has centered on Martinique, and she has directed Beyond Colgate Programs for Colgate students to study the rich culture and history of the French Caribbean island.

R. Scott Smith is Associate Professor of Psychology at Utica College, NY, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University. His research interests are primarily focused on elements of social ecology and psychology of cultural adaptation, that affect cultural adaptation within the processes of emigration and resettlement. He has investigated this through studying refugee populations in Utica and the evolution of identity in Martinique.

282 pp., softcover with b&w illustrations, 6x9 inches. 

Cat. Number: CSP3704
ISBN Number: 9781626323704