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Clio/AnthroposExploring the Boundaries between History and Anthropology$
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Eric Tagliacozzo and Andrew Willford

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760201

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760201.001.0001

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Foretelling Ethnicity in Trinidad: The Post-emancipation “Labor Problem”

Foretelling Ethnicity in Trinidad: The Post-emancipation “Labor Problem”

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Viranjini Munasinghe

Stanford University Press

This chapter argues that the creation of cultural difference was, in fact, dependent on direct social contact. Furthermore, this resulted in anticipated future relations between the Indo and Agro-Trinidadians. The chapter then introduces a discourse on cultural difference that set official boundaries between the “Negro” and the “Coolie.” The chapter shows that these two “naturalized” characteristics are used by the Trinidadians to set distinctions between people of African descent and Indian descent. It also historicizes the current ethnic stereotypes, anchors them to a specific political economy, and offers a broad critique of cultural essentialism.

Keywords:   cultural difference, Negro, Coolie, naturalized characteristics, ethnic stereotypes, cultural essentialism

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