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Crossroads and cosmologies : diasporas and ethnogenesis in the new world

Author: Christopher Fennell
Publisher: Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©2007.
Series: Cultural heritage studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offers a perspective on ways that the earliest enslaved Africans preserved vital aspects of their traditions and identities in the New World. This book also explores similar developments among  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Fennell
ISBN: 9780813031415 0813031419
OCLC Number: 83609460
Description: xxii, 168 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Diasporas, histories, and heritage --
From the diminutive to the transatlantic --
Shared meanings and culture dynamics --
Core symbols across a continuum --
A core symbol of the BaKongo culture --
Marking social group contours --
Expressions of group identity and individual purpose --
A model for diaspora analysis --
Interpreting cultural expressions through ethnohistorical analogy --
BaKongo culture in West Central Africa --
Predicting facets of symbolic expression in new settings --
African diasporas and symbolism in the New World --
Private rituals in North America --
Yoruba and BaKongo dynamics in Cuba --
Innovation of new emblems in Haiti and Brazil --
Afro-Christian dynamics in North America --
European diasporas and the persistence of magic --
From the Palatinate to Virginia --
Hexerei practices among German-Americans --
Social networks and interpersonal conflicts --
Expressions instrumental and emblematic --
Creolization, hybridity, and ethnogenic bricolage.
Series Title: Cultural heritage studies.
Responsibility: Christopher C. Fennell ; foreword by Robert Farris Thompson ; editor's foreword by Paul A. Shackel.
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"The notion of 'emblematic' vs. 'instrumental' symbolism provides an exciting new model for analyzing material culture and its meanings for the people who produced it and used it."

 
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