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Caribbean Masala: Indian Identity in Guyana and Trinidad

Dave Ramsaran and Linden F. Lewis


In 1833, the abolition of slavery in the British Empire led to the import of exploited South Asian indentured workers in the Caribbean under extreme oppression. This book concentrates on the Indian descendants' processes of mixing, assimilating, and adapting while trying desperately to hold on to that which marks a group of people as distinct. In some ways, the lived experience of the Indian community in Guyana and Trinidad represents a cultural contradiction of belonging and non-belonging. In other parts of the Caribbean, people of Indian descent seem so absorbed by the more dominant African ... More

Keywords: slavery, British Empire, Guyana, Trinidad, Indian descendants, race, ethnicity, Indo-Caribbean heritage, intermarriage, African culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496818041
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496818041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dave Ramsaran, author
Susquehanna University

Linden F. Lewis, author
Bucknell University