Creolization as Cultural Creativity
This chapter argues that creolization was a cultural phenomenon borne out of the need to settle cultural differences while at the same time resisting dominance by assuming a new local voice. It explains that the term “creole” has been understood in a post-colonial context as a strong defining factor of identity in Latin America, Louisiana, Cape Verde, and the islands of the southwest Indian Ocean. It adds that creole culture and its alternative forms such as “creoleness,” “créolite,” and “criollisimo,” are uniquely manifested through local as well as national expressions.
Keywords: creolization, national expressions, creole culture, cultural differences, Latin America, Cape Verde, Louisiana