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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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(p.143) Conclusion
Caribbean Masala

Dave Ramsaran

Linden F. Lewis

University Press of Mississippi

This concluding chapter argues that creolization is not a linear process that leads to a more homogeneous society but rather a dialectical process that is negotiated along lines of race, class, and gender. The fact that Indo-Guyanese and Indo-Trinidadians are expressing their differences does not negate the creolization process. Many see creolization as a movement toward one homogeneous culture that has elements of all previous cultural influences. However, creolization is a dialectical process whereby multiple changing cultures exist side by side, each reformulating elements within their respective contexts. This ultimately highlights the much broader question of not just how the Indo-Guyanese and Indo-Trinidadian communities define themselves within their respective societies, but how they define themselves vis-à-vis the broader Caribbean region and how one goes about analyzing Indo-Caribbean identity within the broader context of a “Caribbean identity.”

Keywords:   creolization, Indo-Guyanese, Indo-Trinidadians, homogeneous society, cultural influences, Indo-Caribbean identity, Caribbean identity, Indo-Guyanese communities, Indo-Trinidadian communities

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