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Beautiful Cosmos

Beautiful Cosmos

Performance and Belonging in the Caribbean Diaspora

by Tina K. Ramnarine

Examines the significance of Caribbean musics in diaspora politics
What are the musical sounds that people remember in the diaspora? What are the sounds they create? Recognising the importance that people attach to musical performances, this book explores the significance of widespread Caribbean genres in diaspora politics.

Tina K. Ramnarine uses ethnographic approaches to unravel creative processes of memory, innovation and production and to interrogate geographies of musical canons, hybridity discourses and culture theory. She challenges us to rethink diaspora as only being about displacement, to move beyond the limits of marginalisation and otherness, and to imagine the possibilities of 'beautiful cosmos'. Asking 'where is home in the diaspora?' this book presents radical perspectives in the study of diaspora.

Tina K. Ramnarine is a musician, writer and Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of Beautiful Cosmos: Performance and Belonging in the Caribbean Diaspora (Pluto, 2007), amongst other books.

'A persuasive political and academic alternative for the study of Caribbean Diaspora' - Carlo A. Cubero, Anthropological Notebooks, XIV/2, 2008
1. Home In The Diaspora
2. Performing 'Britishness'?
3. Towards Beautiful Cosmos
4. Dancing Diaspora
5. Riddim In Lyrics
6. "I'm A Stranger"
7. Reaching For The Trickster Gateway?
Bibliography and discography
Published by Pluto Press in Oct 2007
Paperback ISBN: 9780745317663

135mm x 215mm

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