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Creolization as Cultural Creativity$
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Robert Baron and Ana C. Cara

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031069

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031069.001.0001

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Creolization, Nam, Absent Loved Ones, Watchers, and Serious Play with “Toys”

Creolization, Nam, Absent Loved Ones, Watchers, and Serious Play with “Toys”

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Creolization as Cultural Creativity

Grey Gundaker

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the several theoretical trajectories related to the term “creolization.” It contends that the term has outlived its usefulness as a unitary theoretical rubic, but as an open-ended synonym of “mixture” it can still draw attention to cultural processes that recreate ancestral precedents, selectively combine multiple cultural resources, and reject the idea of mixture to foreground moments of irreducible seriousness. The chapter then explores the concept of “toy blindness,” the moment when a received classification related to a dominant cultural history overshadows other possibilities and explanations.

Keywords:   creolization, toy blindness, dominant cultural history, cultural processes, theoretical rubic

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