IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATES

9781577662099

Parish Behind God's Back : The Changing Culture of Rural Barbados

by ;
  • ISBN13:

    9781577662099

  • ISBN10:

    1577662091

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-10-01
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $21.95 Save up to $5.49
  • Rent Book $19.76
    Add to Cart Free Shipping

    TERM
    PRICE
    DUE
    USUALLY SHIPS IN 3-5 BUSINESS DAYS
    *This item is part of an exclusive publisher rental program and requires an additional convenience fee. This fee will be reflected in the shopping cart.

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

Summary

One of the first things any visitor to Barbados notices is Barbadian youths wearing baseball caps and T-shirts sporting the logos of North American teams; and these days, one is more likely to find an American sitcom on television than a Caribbean program. The Parish behind God's Back describes the social fabric and everyday life of one rural parish on the island, St. Lucy, including its many links to the outside world. It is a contemporary ethnography of the local that takes into account the enormous influence of global factors such as tourism, television, foreign travel, and return migrants. Written with students in mind, the book contains several unique features. Each chapter blends descriptions of Barbadian culture with comparisons to North America; throughout, the authors include tales of not only their own fieldwork experiences but those of their undergraduate students; and personal narratives are emphasized to engage interest in individuals. This highly readable and thought-provoking account should appeal to general readers with an interest in the Caribbean as well as to students of anthropology. George Gmelch is Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Union College. Sharon Bohn Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology and Director of Women's Studies, Union College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Island and Parish
1(16)
Colonialism, Sugar, and Slavery
17(24)
From Sugar to Tourism
41(24)
Farmer, Fisher, Baker, Maid
65(36)
Gender and the Lifecycle
101(22)
Community: Past and Present
123(20)
From Anglican to Pentecostal
143(18)
The Global Village: Television, Tourism, and Travel
161
Final Thoughts
189
Appendix
Students and Barbadians: Lessons from the Field
195
Notes
207
Bibliography
227
Index
237

Rewards Program

Write a Review