Resources

It can sometimes be difficult to find good sources of information on the topics you care about. I will use this page to list books, articles, documentaries, or fictional films dealing with the Caribbean. I don’t claim to have read/viewed all of this stuff (this list is not an endorsement) but it’s all stuff that as caught my eyes, ears, or mind.

Caribbean Music

  • Averill, Gage. 1997. A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.
  • Baker, Geoffrey. 2011. Buena Vista in the Club: Rap, Reggaetón, and Revolution in Havana. Refiguring American Music. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Cooper, Carolyn. 2004. Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture At Large. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Davis, Martha Ellen. 1994. “ Bi-Musicality” in the Cultural Configurations of the Caribbean. Black Music Research Journal 14 (2): 145-60.
  • Dudley, Shannon. 2007. Music From Behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Guilbault, Jocelyne. 1993. Zouk: World Music in the West Indies. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.
  • Guilbault, Jocelyne. 2007. Governing Sound: The Cultural Politics of Trinidad’s Carnival Musics. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.
  • Hagedorn, Katherine J. 2001. Divine Utterances: The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santeria. Washington: Smithsonian Books.
  • Henriques, Julian. 2011. Sonic Bodies: Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing. New York: Continuum.
  • Lafontaine, Marie-Céline. 1983. Le Carnaval de l’ “autre.” A propos d’ “authenticité” en matière de musique guadeloupéenne : théories et réalités. Les Temps Modernes. Spec. issue on the French Caribbean 39 (441-442): 2126-73.
  • Largey, Michael D. 2006. Vodou Nation: Haitian Art Music and Cultural Nationalism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Laumuno, Marie-Helena. 2011. Gwoka et politique en Guadeloupe: 1960-2003: 40 ans de construction du « pays ». Paris: L’Harmattan.
  • Manuel, Peter, Kenneth Bilby, and Michael Largey. 2006. Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music From Rumba to Reggae. Revised ed. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Manuel, Peter, (ed.) 2011. Creolizing Contradance in the Caribbean. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Marshall, Wayne. 2008. Dem Bow, Dembow, Dembo: Translation and Transnation in Reggaeton. Songs and popular culture 53 131-51.
  • Munro, Martin. 2010. Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas, 0. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Rivera, Raquel Z., Wayne Marshall, and Deborah Pacini Hernandez, (eds.) 2009. Reggaeton. Duke University Press Books.
  • Rommen, Timothy. 2009. “Come Back Home”: Regional Travels, Global Encounters, and Local Nostalgias in Bahamian Popular Musics. Latin American Music Review 30 (2): 159-84.
  • Rommen, Timothy. 2011. Funky Nassau: Roots, Routes, and Representation in Bahamian Popular Music. Kindle ed. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Rommen, Timothy, and Daniel T. Neely, (eds.) 2014. Sun, Sea, and Sound: Music and Tourism in the Circum-Caribbean. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Stolzoff, Norman C. 2000. Wake the Town and Tell the People: Dancehall Culture in Jamaica. Durham, NC: Duke University Press Books
  • Vazquez, Alexandra T. 2013. Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Veal, Michael. 2007. Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae. Middleton, CT: Wesleyan.

Caribbean Anthropology, Sociology, History, and more

  • Allen, Jafari S. 2011. ¡Venceremos? The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Barrow, Christine, and Rhoda Reddock. 2001. Caribbean Sociology: Introductory Readings. Kingston: Ian Randle.
  • Beriss, David. 2004. Black Skins, French Voices: Caribbean Ethnicity and Activism in Urban France. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
  • Bonilla, Yarimar. 2015. Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment, University Of Chicago Press.
  • Brown, Jacqueline Nassy. 2005. Dropping Anchor, Setting Sail: Geographies of Race in Black Liverpool. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Crichlow, Michaeline, and Patricia Northover. 2009. Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Khan, Aisha. 2004. Callaloo Nation: Metaphors of Race and Religious Identity Among South Asians in Trinidad. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Mintz, Sidney W., and Richard Price. 1992. The Birth of African-American Culture: An Anthropological Perspective. Boston: Beacon Press. Original edition, 1976.
  • Olwig, Karen Fog. 2007. Caribbean Journeys: An Ethnography of Migration and Home in Three Family Networks. Durham, NC: Duke University Press Books.
  • Paton, Diana, and Maarit Forde, (eds.) 2012. Obeah and Other Powers: The Politics of Caribbean Religion and Healing. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Price, Richard. 2006. The Convict and the Colonel: A Story of Colonialism and Resistance in the Caribbean. Durham: Duke University Press. Original edition, 1998.
  • Price, Richard. 2007. Travels With Tooy: History, Memory, and the African American Imagination. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.
  • Schiller, Nina Glick, and Georges Eugene Fouron. 2001. Georges Woke Up Laughing: Long-Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home. Durham, NC: Duke University Press Books.
  • Scott, David. 2004. Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Sheller, Mimi. 2003. Consuming the Caribbean: From Arawaks to Zombies, London and New York: Routledge.
  • Sheller, Mimi. 2012. Citizenship From Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean Freedom. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Thomas, Deborah A. 2004. Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Politics of Culture in Jamaica. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. 1995. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Wilder, Gary. 2005. The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism Between the Two World Wars, Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.
  • Wilder, Gary. 2015. Freedom Time: Négritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

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