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Representing Mixed Race in Jamaica and England from the Abolition Era to the Present

This study considers cultural representations of &quote;brown&quote; people in Jamaica and England alongside the determinations of race by statute from ...

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This study considers cultural representations of &quote;brown&quote; people in Jamaica and England alongside the determinations of race by statute from the Abolition era onwards. Through close readings of contemporary fictions and &quote;histories,&quote; Salih probes the extent to which colonial ideologies may have been underpinned by what might be called subject-constituting statutes, along with the potential for force and violence which necessarily undergird the law. The author explores the role legal and non-legal discourse plays in disciplining the brown body in pre- and post-Abolition colonial contexts, as well as how are other bodies and identities – e.g. black, white are discursively disciplined. Salih examines whether or not it’s possible to say that non-legal texts such as prose fictions are engaged in this kind of discursive disciplining, and more broadly, looks at what contemporary formulations of &quote;mixed&quote; identity owe to these legal or non-legal discursive formations. This study demonstrates the striking connections between historical and contemporary discourses of race and brownness and argues for a shift in the ways we think about, represent and discuss &quote;mixed race&quote; people.

  • Útgáfuár: 2010
  • Útgefandi: Taylor and Francis
  • SKU: G9781136913211
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