African Lace-bark in the Caribbean

The Construction of Race, Class and Gender

Author: Steeve O. Buckridge

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147256930X

Category: Design

Page: 216

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The creation of lace-bark cloth from the lagetta tree was a practice that enabled African slaves in the Caribbean to fashion their own clothing, an exercise that was both a necessity, as clothing provisions for slaves were poor and empowering, as it allowed women who participated in the industry to achieve some financial independence. Focussing on the time period from the 1660s to the 1920s, this book examines how the industry developed, the types of clothes made, and the people who wore them.

The Language of Dress

Resistance and Accommodation in Jamaica, 1760-1890

Author: Steeve O. Buckridge

Publisher: University of West Indies Press

ISBN: 9789766401436

Category: History

Page: 270

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This book is a study of how African slave and freed women used their fashion and style of dressing as a symbol of resistance to slavery and accommodation to white culture in pre and post-emancipation society. Africans brought aspects of their culture such as folklore, music, language, religion and dress with them to the Americas. The African cultural features were retained and nurtured in Jamaica because they guaranteed the survival of Africans and their descendants against European attempts at cultural annihilation. This book illuminates the complexities of accommodation and resistance, showing that these complex responses are not polar opposites, but melded into each other. In addition, the Language of Dress reveals the dynamics of race, class and gender in Jamaican society, the role of women in British West Indian history and contributes to ongoing interest in the history of women and in the history of resistance.

African Textiles

Color and Creativity Across a Continent

Author: John Gillow

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500292211


Page: 240

View: 3136

The traditional, handcrafted textiles of Africa are sumptuous, intricate, and steeped in cultural significance. Region by region, African Textiles covers, as no other volume has, the handmade textiles of West, North, East, Central, and Southern Africa, outlining the range of weaving techniques, and the different types of looms, materials, and dyes that create these sumptuous works. Nor does it neglect the cultural context of African textiles, assessing the various influences of religion, culture, trade, tradition, fashion, and the changing role of women that inform their creation. The breathtaking skill and creativity of the African peoples are presented here in radiant color—the gorgeous stripweaves of the Ashanti and the Ewe; the lace weaves of the Yoruba and the bogolanfini mud cloths from Mali and West Africa; the Berber weaves from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia in North Africa; the unique, crocheted, embroidered, and feathered hats from Cameroon; the ancient weaving tradition of Ethiopia; the beadwork of the Zulu, Xhosa, and Ndebele peoples of Southern Africa; and the Asian-derived tradition of weaving silk and raphia in Madagascar. A guide to African textile collections open to the public, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading make this volume a practical as well as beautiful guide to the rich art of African textiles.

Designs & Patterns from North African Carpets & Textiles

Author: Jacques Revault

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780486228501

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 121

View: 9903

121 plates of the best Tunisian textile designs. Abundance of patterns for anyone working in graphics and handicrafts: special motifs (lions, soldiers, fish, birds, camels); geometrics; simple and elaborate borders and linear patterns and much more. Most patterns appear on grids for easy copying. 340 illustrations.

Printed and dyed textiles from Africa

Author: John Gillow

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780714127408

Category: Design

Page: 87

View: 3221

A contemporary series of designer sourcebooks exploring the rich kaleidoscope of colour and pattern in world textiles with over 100 specially commissioned colour photographs. To go to any market in West Africa, where the women are swathed in brightly patterned wraps, is to experience an assault on your visual senses. This book, too, is a visual feast, illustrating the richness and diversity of the African textile tradition. Over thirty textiles from The British Museum's renowned collection are explored in detail; magnificent blue and white indigo resist-dyed cloths from West Africa; multi-coloured, tie-dyes and woven North African textiles; 'mud-cloths' from Mali; the unique warp-striped weaves and ikats from Madagascar; 'adrinka' block-print and painted 'calligraphy' cloths from Ghana and the 'adire' cloths from Yorubaland.

In My Father's House

Africa in the Philosophy of Culture

Author: Kwame Anthony Appiah

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199879257

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 8490

The beating of Rodney King and the resulting riots in South Central Los Angeles. The violent clash between Hasidim and African-Americans in Crown Heights. The boats of Haitian refugees being turned away from the Land of Opportunity. These are among the many racially-charged images that have burst across our television screens in the last year alone, images that show that for all our complacent beliefs in a melting-pot society, race is as much of a problem as ever in America. In this vastly important, widely-acclaimed volume, Kwame Anthony Appiah, a Ghanaian philosopher who now teaches at Harvard, explores, in his words, "the possibilities and pitfalls of an African identity in the late twentieth century." In the process he sheds new light on what it means to be an African-American, on the many preconceptions that have muddled discussions of race, Africa, and Afrocentrism since the end of the nineteenth century, and, in the end, to move beyond the idea of race. In My Father's House is especially wide-ranging, covering everything from Pan Africanism, to the works of early African-American intellectuals such as Alexander Crummell and W.E.B. Du Bois, to the ways in which African identity influences African literature. In his discussion of the latter subject, Appiah demonstrates how attempts to construct a uniquely African literature have ignored not only the inescapable influences that centuries of contact with the West have imposed, but also the multicultural nature of Africa itself. Emphasizing this last point is Appiah's eloquent title essay which offers a fitting finale to the volume. In a moving first-person account of his father's death and funeral in Ghana, Appiah offers a brilliant metaphor for the tension between Africa's aspirations to modernity and its desire to draw on its ancient cultural roots. During the Los Angeles riots, Rodney King appeared on television to make his now famous plea: "People, can we all get along?" In this beautiful, elegantly written volume, Appiah steers us along a path toward answering a question of the utmost importance to us all.

Two Years in the French West Indies

Author: Lafcadio Hearn

Publisher: Signal Books

ISBN: 9781902669175

Category: History

Page: 338

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In October 1887 the writer and translator Lafcadio Hearn sailed from New York to Martinique. Intending to stay for a few months, he remained for two years. He viewed French-ruled Martinique as an exotic fusion of European, African and Asian influences, the Creole society par exellence. Describing the island's landscape, its flora and fauna, its colonial architecture and rural villages, he provides a picture of a Caribbean colony where slavery was a recent memory and race an all-importan matter of identity.

Fashioning Identity

Status Ambivalence in Contemporary Fashion

Author: Maria Mackinney-Valentin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474249108

Category: Design

Page: 200

View: 2670

We dress to communicate who we are, or who we would like others to think we are, telling seductive fashion narratives through our adornment. Yet, today, fashion has been democratized through high-low collaborations, social media and real-time fashion mediation, complicating the basic dynamic of identity displays, and creating tension between personal statements and social performances. Fashioning Identity explores how this tension is performed through fashion production and consumption,by examining a diverse series of case studies - from ninety-year old fashion icons to the paradoxical rebellion in 'normcore', and from soccer jerseys in Kenya to heavy metal band T-shirts in Europe. Through these cases, the role of time, gender, age memory, novelty, copying, the body and resistance are considered within the context of the contemporary fashion scene. Offering a fresh approach to the subject by readdressing Fred Davis' seminal concept of 'identity ambivalence' in Fashion, Culture and Identity (1992), Mackinney-Valentin argues that we are in an epoch of 'status ambivalence', in which fashioning one's own identity has become increasingly complicated.

My Ántonia

Author: Willa Cather

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048611483X

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 9819

Splendid early novel (1918) evokes the Nebraska prairie life of the author's childhood, and touchingly commemorates the spirit and courage of the immigrant pioneers who settled the land.

The English in the West Indies

Or, The Bow of Ulysses

Author: James Anthony Froude

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108023703

Category: History

Page: 406

View: 4456

An eminent Victorian historian makes observations on the British West Indies, and comments on their peoples and government.

Literacy, Power, and the Schooled Body

Learning in Time and Space

Author: Kerryn Dixon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136969748

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 9536

What effects do space and time have on classroom management, discipline, and regulation? How do teachers’ practices create schooled and literate students? To explore these questions, this book looks at early childhood classrooms, charting the shifts and continuities as four-year-old children begin preschool, move from preschool into primary school, and come to the end of the first phase of schooling at nine years. The literacy classroom is used as a specific site in which to examine how children’s bodies are disciplined to become literate. This is not a book that theorizes space, time, discipline, bodies, and literacy in abstract ways. Rather, working from a Foucaultian premise that discipline is directed onto children’s bodies, it moves from theory to practice. Photographs, lesson transcripts, interviews, and children’s work show how teachers’ practices are enacted on children’s bodies in time and space. In this way, teachers are offered practical examples from which to think about their own classrooms and classroom practice, and to reflect on what works, why it works, and what can be changed.

Crossing Boundaries

Comparative History of Black People in Diaspora

Author: Darlene Clark Hine,Jacqueline McLeod

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253214508

Category: History

Page: 491

View: 8224

Now in paperback! Crossing Boundaries Comparative History of Black People in Diaspora Edited by Darlene Clark Hine and Jacqueline McLeod Suggests new paradigms for the study of Blacks in diaspora. "The 18 papers in this volume are original, clearly written, and of consistently high quality. Organized in four parts—'Comparative Diaspora Historiography,' 'Identity and Culture,' 'Domination and Resistance,' and 'Geo-Social History and the Atlantic World'—these essays complement each other in a way that makes the whole even more valuable than the sum of the parts." —Choice The essays assembled in Crossing Boundaries reflect the international dimensions, commonalities, and discontinuities in the histories of diasporan communities of color. People of African descent in the New World (the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean) share a common set of experiences: domination and resistance, slavery and emancipation, the pursuit of freedom, and struggle against racism. No single explanation can capture the varied experiences of Black people in diaspora. Crossing Boundaries probes differences embedded in Black ethnicities and helps to discover and to weave into a new understanding the threads of experience, culture, and identity across diasporas. Contributors include Allison Blakely, Kim Butler, Frederick Cooper, George Fredrickson, David Barry Gaspar, Jack P. Green, Thomas Holt, Earl Lewis, Elliott Skinner, and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn. Darlene Clark Hine, John A. Hannah Professor of History at Michigan State University, is author of Hine Sight: Black Women and the Re-Construction of American History (Indiana University Press); co-author of A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America and The African American Odyssey; and co-editor of More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas and A Question of Manhood: A Reader in Black Men's History and Masculinity (both Indiana University Press). Jacqueline McLeod is Assistant Professor of History at Western Illinois University. She holds a J.D. degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Blacks in the Diaspora—Darlene Clark Hine, John McCluskey, Jr., David Barry Gaspar, general editors March 2001 (cloth 1999) 520 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, 1 fig., notes, index cloth 0-253-33542-6 $29.95 L / £22.95 paper 0-253-21450-5 $17.95 s / £13.95

Out of Many, One People

The Historical Archaeology of Colonial Jamaica

Author: James A. Delle,Mark W. Hauser,Douglas V. Armstrong

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817356487

Category: History

Page: 332

View: 7737

Scholars present archaeological findings to paint a complex and fascinating picture of life in colonial Jamaica. Simultaneous.

Sustainability and the Social Fabric

Europe’s New Textile Industries

Author: Clio Padovani,Paul Whittaker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474224113

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 200

View: 1730

Acknowledgements -- Preface -- Introduction -- Museums and the knowledge economy : developing competitive advantage for the future -- Weaving a social structure : achieving specialist distinction -- Collaborative leadership, provenance and the power of place -- Enterprise and social value : responsible innovation in the denim industry -- Social enterprise, creative arts and community development for marginal or migrant populations -- Made in Italy : reclaiming social heritage and artisan know how -- Conclusion

A voyage to the islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves, S. Christophers and Jamaica

Author: Hans Sloane

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5881607465

Category: History

Page: 312

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A voyage to the islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves, S. Christophers and Jamaica. With the natural history of the herbs and trees, four-footed beasts, fishes, birds, insects, reptiles, c. Of the last of those islands; to which is prefix'd, an introduction. Volume 1

Observations and Predictions of Eclipse Times by Early Astronomers

Author: J.M. Steele

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401595283

Category: History

Page: 324

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Eclipses have long been seen as important celestial phenomena, whether as omens affecting the future of kingdoms, or as useful astronomical events to help in deriving essential parameters for theories of the motion of the moon and sun. This is the first book to collect together all presently known records of timed eclipse observations and predictions from antiquity to the time of the invention of the telescope. In addition to cataloguing and assessing the accuracy of the various records, which come from regions as diverse as Ancient Mesopotamia, China, and Europe, the sources in which they are found are described in detail. Related questions such as what type of clocks were used to time the observations, how the eclipse predictions were made, and how these prediction schemes were derived from the available observations are also considered. The results of this investigation have important consequences for how we understand the relationship between observation and theory in early science and the role of astronomy in early cultures, and will be of interest to historians of science, astronomers, and ancient and medieval historians.

Wild Solutions

How Biodiversity is Money in the Bank

Author: Andrew Beattie,Paul R. Ehrlich

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300127189

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 9265

We live on an unexplored planet, ignorant of more than eighty percent of the species that share our world. In this fascinating and abundantly illustrated book, two eminent ecologists discuss the biological diversity of the Earth, showing how the natural systems that surround us play an essential role in protecting our basic life-support systems. Andrew Beattie and Paul Ehrlich tell us about the millions of species providing ecosystem services that maintain the quality of our air and water and the fertility of the soil, dispose of domestic, industrial, and agricultural waste, and protect crops from pests. The authors also describe how biological diversity opens the way for new medicines, pharmaceuticals, construction materials and designs, and manufactured goods. They point to innovative industries that harness species for the biological repair of damaged landscapes, biological mining, biological pest control, and biomonitoring of the environment. The organisms upon which these activities are founded—although often microscopic, obscure, or bizarre—provide natural capital that is worth infinitely more than anyone has previously guessed. The authors urge us to protect the biological wealth of our Earth and keep it from being destroyed by human activity.

Flight to Freedom

African Runaways and Maroons in the Americas

Author: Alvin O. Thompson

Publisher: University of the West Indies Press

ISBN: 9789766401801

Category: History

Page: 381

View: 8244

This book is about the struggles of enslaved Africans in the Americas who achieved freedom through flight and the establishment of Maroon communities in the face of overwhelming military odds on the part of the slaveholders.