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Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference

ISBN-10: 0820346624

ISBN-13: 9780820346625

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jenny Shaw

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Set along both the physical and social margins of the British Empire in the second half of the seventeenth century, Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean explores the construction of difference through the everyday life of colonial subjects. Jenny Shaw examines how marginalized colonial subjects—Irish and Africans—contributed to these processes. By emphasizing their everyday experiences Shaw makes clear that each group persisted in its own cultural practices; Irish and Africans also worked within—and challenged—the limits of the colonial regime. Shaw’s research demonstrates the extent to which hierarchies were in flux in the early modern Caribbean, allowing even an outcast servant to rise to the position of island planter, and underscores the fallacy that racial categories of black and white were the sole arbiters of difference in the early English Caribbean.The everyday lives of Irish and Africans are obscured by sources constructed by elites. Through her research, Jenny Shaw overcomes the constraints such sources impose by pushing methodological boundaries to fill in the gaps, silences, and absences that dominate the historical record. By examining legal statutes, census material, plantation records, travel narratives, depositions, interrogations, and official colonial correspondence, as much for what they omit as for what they include, Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean uncovers perspectives that would otherwise remain obscured. This book encourages readers to rethink the boundaries of historical research and writing and to think more expansively about questions of race and difference in English slave societies.
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 11/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Jenny Shaw, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sussex

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Introduction
"An Heathenishe, Brutish and an uncertaine, dangerous kind of People": Figuring Difference in the Early English Atlantic
"An exact account of the number of persons upon the Island": Enumeration, Improvement, and Control
"To live in perpetuall noise and hurry": Creating Communities on Caribbean Plantations
"Doing their prayers and worshipping God in their hearts": Ritual, Practice, and Keeping the Faith
"Endeavouring to raise mutinie and sedition": The Challenge to English Domination
"As quietly and happily as the English subjects": Property, Prosperity, and the Power of Emulation
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index