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Crichlow, Michaeline; Northover, Patricia
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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
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Making modern s/subjects-sketch of a method of Theorising 'C/creolization ' in Atlantic history in Under- labouring for a progressive politics of 'fleeing the plantation'. [Abstract]
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Sixth Annual SALISES Conference: Governance, Institutions and Economic Growth: Reflections on Arthur Lewis’ Theory of Economic Growth
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March 16-18, 2005
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Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Kingston, Jamaica
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Abstract
C/creolization' has figured significantly in the 'Caribbean's' complex histories of globalization, nationalization and regionalization, and it has been 'represented' or 'perceived' as a 'variable' implicated in the kinds of outcomes that have and have not happened and that may or may not happen. Indeed Lewis' approach to the conceptualizing and strategizing economic growth for the region has been generally implicated in the cultural politics of 'Creole' nationalistic projects. In this paper we take up this 'subject' of 'C/creolization', that has been so discursively implicated in the time-space-structure/power placed experience and practices of, as well as prospects for , the ' making of modern subjects'. Thus, despite the fact, or rather, precisely because of the fact, or rather, precisely because of the fact that this 'subject' of 'C/creolization'; (including its language family-creole, creolite, etc) has been muddied and seems bogged down in the complex processes of cultural politics, within and without, the 'Caribbean', we suggest that theorizing 'C/creolization': -as subject and problematic-can provide analytical insight into the nature of the historical processes in the 'making of modern subjects' and 'negotiating modern freedom'. The paper will suggestively introduce an elaborated Foucauldian method for theorizing processes of 'C/creolization' which we argue will simultaneously illuminate and problematize 'C/creolization'as both complex 'meeting points' (or crossings) and 'Differencing' rather than mere differencing. In so doing we challenge the family of binary opposition relations, clustered around subject-object ontological dualisms (such as contingency- essence, resisting- yielding, discontinuity-continuity) and their related dematerialization of power effects. In contrast to such binary roadmaps for seeking to grasp the nature and unfolding of social histories and cultural processes, we propose a model of 'C/creolization' as the morphogenetics of cultures of power forming 'cultural systems'. As such, through this approach/method and model we seek to enable a better analysis of social history in the 'Caribbean' (and beyond), as forged in the crucible of a globalizing cultural politics of 'modernity' and the structural seas of Atlantic history. In this way we hope to under-labour for a progressive politics of 'Fleeing the Plantation' that transcends current limits in theory and praxis.....
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