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Caribbean MasalaIndian Identity in Guyana and Trinidad$
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Dave Ramsaran and Linden F. Lewis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496818041

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496818041.001.0001

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The “New Indian Man”

The “New Indian Man”

Notions of Masculinity among Indo-Trinidadian Men

(p.117) 5 The “New Indian Man”
Caribbean Masala

Dave Ramsaran

Linden F. Lewis

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores changing notions of masculinity among Indo-Trinidadian males as the processes of globalization and modernization intensify in Trinidad. Indo-Trinidadian men are redefining their own perceptions of masculinity and how it is portrayed and exhibited. Their redefinition, however, is contradictory. At times, it is in opposition to African Trinidadian masculinity, while at other times it appropriates some dimensions of that same masculinity. Sometimes it challenges the traditional Indo-Trinidadian patriarchy, and sometimes it reinforces certain dimensions of the same traditional patriarchy. The chapter then considers a series of individual and focus-group interviews with Indo-Trinidadian men in southern and central Trinidad. From these interviews, one can observe a new, creolized notion of masculinity—which in many ways is tied to class position—emerging among young Indo-Trinidadian men.

Keywords:   masculinity, Indo-Trinidadian men, globalization, modernization, African Trinidadian masculinity, Indo-Trinidadian patriarchy, Trinidad, creolization

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