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About Face

Rethinking Creolization

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Creolization as Cultural Creativity
Roger D. Abrahams
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter points out that creolization is derived from an artful layering of meanings and styles from various cultures. It explains that creolizing does not contain just any cultural combination of existential states. It adds that concepts made from creolizations develop their own stability, which can be recognized, learned, imitated, and elaborated. Creole creations carry the traces of artistic practices of people who have learned to draw on them in any possible combination that worked.

Keywords:   creolization, meanings, creolizing, cultural combinations, artistic practices

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