SY36C-Unit1-Final (Caribbean Culture Formation and Approaches)

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In this unit we introduce you to the concept of culture as we prepare you for the journey into Caribbean culture. We then turn our attention to the formation of the Caribbean. The part played by our history in shaping our culture necessitates a discussion on how the Caribbean was formed and the unit briefly discusses the neo-Indians who were the first inhabitants of the region.

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Unit 1: Caribbean Culture: Formation and ApproachesOverviewIn this unit we introduce you to the concept of culture as we prepare you for the journey into Caribbean culture. We then turn our attention to the formation of the Caribbean. The part played by our history in shaping our culture necessitates a discussion on how the Caribbean was formed and the unit briefly discusses the neo-Indians who were the first inhabitants of the region. We also examine the European contact with the region in the fifteenth century and the periods of enslavement, plantation society and colonialism and the many ways in which they shaped the structure and culture of the region. Session 3 utilizes Caribbean social theories to explain the nature of the contemporary Caribbean. Structure Session 1: The Meaning of Culture Session 2: Formation of Caribbean Society Session 3: Approaches to Caribbean Society and CultureLearning ObjectivesAfter completing this unit you should be able to:1. Define culture and explain its various manifestations2. Explain the formation of the Caribbean from a historical perspective3. Discuss the characteristics and relevance of Caribbean social theories to Caribbean cultureReadingsBeckford, G.L. (1972). Persistent poverty: Underdevelopment in plantation economies of the Third World. New York and London: Oxford University Press. Bolland, O. N. (Ed.). (2004). The birth of Caribbean civilization: A century of ideas about culture and identity, nation and

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