Shepherd, Verene A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of History and Archaeology
Knowledge Production and the construction of 'Africa (ns)' in the Caribbean
International Journal of African Renaissance Studies Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinarity
Date of Publication
Traces the roots of how knowledge on Africa was produced and reproduced in the Caribbean. The discussion ranges from the views of Las Casas, who initaiated the idea of black chattel slavery, through to the views of Thomas Thistlewood (1750-1786), Edward Long (1774), Maria Nugent (1802-1805), Thomas Carlyle (1845), and J.A. Froude (1880) and beyond. Among the questions to be asked and answered are: how deeply embedded in history was this attempt to construct Africanness within the discurvise space of Creole? What strategies were used to transform Africans within the discurvise space of Creole? What strategies were used to transform Africans into New World Creoles and place them in a dialectal relationship to African? How successful were enslavers in their efforts to decentre 'nation' or African ethnic identification and shift the enslaved's allegiance from Akan, Igbo, Yoruba, and so on to 'Creole' or Caribbean?....