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Gender negotiations among Indians in Trinidad, 1917-1947

Author: Patricia Mohammed; Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands)
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave in association with Institute of Social Studies, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is about the struggles of female and male descendants of Indian indentured migrants in Trinidad in the first half of the twentieth century, each desiring to preserve some aspects of the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Mohammed; Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands)
ISBN: 0333962788 9780333962787
OCLC Number: 49239692
Description: xxi, 319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: List of Tables and Figures xi --
Glossary xiii --
Acknowledgements xx --
1 Introduction 1 --
Introduction I --
Indian Migration to Trinidad 4 --
The Idea of an Indian Community in Trinidad 6 --
The Centrality of Gender in Identity Formation 9 --
The Concept of Gender Negotiation 12 --
Crossing the Black Water: --
2 From India to Trinidad, 1845-19171 --
Introduction 17 --
Ideological Hegemonies of Gender in India 19 --
Contestation of Ideological Hegemonies in India 23 --
Anti-colonial and Anti-patriarchal Struggles in India 25 --
The Context of Migration from India 29 --
The 'Indian Woman Question' 37 --
The First Negotiations 40 --
Caste and gender pollution 40 --
Female reproduction and production 42 --
Freedom and constraints within estate life 44 --
Interracial liaisons and violent retaliations 44 --
Female responses 46 --
The Twice Outcaste Sex 47 --
Gender in the Definition of Indian Identity --
in Trinidad 54 --
Introduction 54 --
The Colonial Order 55 --
Statutory Definitions of Difference within the Colonial Order 59 --
The Anti-colonial Discourse in Trinidad 62 --
The Indo-Trinidadian Nationalist Struggle 63 --
The Markers of Indian Ethnic Difference in Trinidad 69 --
Entrances and exits 69 --
Indian attitudes to the new society 73 --
Visual markers 75 --
Language and identity 77 --
Cultural Stereotypes 79 --
The Home versus the World: The Centrality of Gender 80 --
Preservation of the Race 83 --
4 Gender Dynamics in the Making of Community 92 --
A Steady Labour Force 92 --
From Estate Labour to Land Acquisition: Relocating --
Community 104 --
Family Strategies 115 --
Conclusion 125 --
Appendices --
4.1 Map of lots sold to villages of Lengua Village and --
surrounding areas 127 --
4.2 Map of sugar and cocoa estates in Trinidad in the --
19th and early 20th centuries 128 --
4.3 Map of main towns and villages in the 19th and --
early 20th centuries in Trinidad 129 --
4.4 Report of the Wages Committee of 1920 131 --
The Reconfiguration of Masculinity and --
Femininity: Negotiating with Myth and Symbols 134 --
Introduction 134 --
Continuities and Correspondence 137 --
Transmitters of Myth and Symbol 142 --
Ritual religious occasions 142 --
Orality and transmission of gender ideology 149 --
Transmission through literary sources: Newspapers, --
lectures and debating societies 154 --
Heroes and heroines of the silver screen 159 --
Negotiating with Symbols of Patriarchy 165 --
Patriarchal Symbols 168 --
Conclusion 174 --
6 Renegotiating Sexuality 175 --
Introduction 175 --
Colonial Attitudes to the Sexuality of Indians 177 --
Christian Missionary Attitudes to Indian Morality and 182 --
Sexuality --
Colonial and Christian Morality 185 --
The Attitude to Indian Sexuality in Creole Trinidad 186 --
Negotiation of Sexuality among Indians 188 --
Violent confrontations 188 --
Village sanctions and control 190 --
Female Responses 194 --
Male Responses to a Subverted Patriarchy 202 --
Male Control of Female Sexuality 208 --
Conclusion 213 --
7 Family, Marriage and Love 215 --
Introduction 215 --
Nata Ke Bhai to Pariwaar: The Recreation of Family and --
Kinship Systems 217 --
Internal Affairs: Marriage Negotiations in the Indian --
Community 226 --
The arrangement of marriages 227 --
Negotiating intimacy and gender relations in child 231 --
marriages --
Breakdown in arranged marriages 233 --
Successful arrangements 234 --
Education and the deferral of arranged marriages 238 --
From Respect to Romantic Love 247 --
Compromises Between Parents and Children 258 --
Conclusion 260 --
8 The Troubled Legacy of History and Love 262 --
Notes 270 --
Bibliography 299 --
Index 312.
Responsibility: Patricia Mohammed.
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