richard price & sally price

Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985

Caribbean Contours

(edited by Sidney W. Mintz and Sally Price)

Stretching from the Bahamas in the north to the Guianas on the South American mainland, the societies of the Caribbean have been shaped over time by the contributions of many peoples -- the region's original Amerindian inhabitants, colonists from Spain, England, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark, men and women from hundreds of African societies who were imported as slaves, and the contract laborers who were later brought from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. In Caribbean Contourseight leading scholars in the humanities and the social sciences survey the history, politics, economics, demography, and culture of the Caribbean to provide an authoritative yet accessible introduction to this complex and geographically fragmented region.

From a United States perspective, the people of the Caribbean are at once familiar and foreign -- an everyday presence in the lives of many urban Americans on the one hand, representatives of exotic worlds for millions of American tourists on the other. This volume is intended to provide some of the essential facts underlying both the unity and diversity of Caribbean societies, and thus to contribute to an understanding of the region's increasing importance in the modern world.

—Introduction (by Sidney W. Mintz and Sally Price)
—A Political Profile of the Caribbean (by Carl Stone)
—"Race" and Color in the Caribbean (by H. Hoetink)
—Sugar in the Caribbean (by G.B. Hagelberg)
—From Plantations to Peasantries in the Caribbean (by Sidney W. Mintz)
—A Linguistic Perspective on the Caribbean (by Mervyn Alleyne)
—The Caribbean as a Musical Region (by Kenneth M. Bilby)
—The Contemporary Caribbean: A General Overview (by Gordon K. Lewis)

Selected Books:

“Richard and Sally Price’s elegiac account of their time living among the Saamakas of Suriname in the 1960s is wholly engrossing, and of the very highest narrative quality. I can see, smell, and feel everything they describe. The Prices have never been fresher or more readable as literature.” --George E. Marcus
Boléro Tropical, a French-language reimagining of Enigma Variations, is now available from and
Winner of the 2012 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association in the field of Human Rights and the 2012 Senior Book Prize of the American Ethnological Society. "An extraordinary work, actively written and exceptionally thought-provoking, Rainforest Warriors will be a classic." --Donald Brenneis, UC Santa Cruz
"A delicious combination of art, anthropology, and politics"--Lucy R. Lippard. "A fascinating, entertaining, and troubling book"--Journal of Anthropological Research. "A complex story of passion, intrigue, and power"--Journal of Surrealism and the Americas. "A crackling good story"--Museum.
Winner of the 2008 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, the 2009 Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Memorial Award for Caribbean Scholarship, and the 2009 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion. . . . "An astonishing performance ... as lucid and cordial as the best contemporary fiction.”--George Lamming
A lavishly-illustrated art book
A French-language original, printed in full color.
"A tour-de-force ... a true marriage of anthropology and art history." --Fred Myers, New York University
"A witty, but scholarly, indictment of the whole primitive art business." --Newsweek
"A superb calaloo of a book ... that explores the underlying insanity of the colonial experience." --George Lamming
"A true gem... The promise of literary ethnography is fulfilled: to educate and, just as a lark, to entertain." --African Arts
"Sensitive and honest, First-Time is required reading for all who seek to learn something new through first-hand, long-term research with non-western intellectuals" --Ethnohistory
"A splendid effort to recover the past." --New York Review of Books
"A splendid anthology, skillfully edited and introduced." --Eugene D. Genovese
"An innovative analysis of the creativity of African-Americans under the extreme constraints of slavery." --Rebecca Scott
"Conceived with sophistication but presented with simplicity and clarity" --Choice
"A brilliantly crafted experiment in postmodern narration --J. Jorge Klor de Alva, president, University of Phoenix
As seas dry up, books speak out loud, and elephants assume human form, we are present at a whole sequence of world-shaping happenings such as the invention of sex, the discovery of drums,and the arrival of death among humans.
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