Trailer Õ Parish Behind God's Back: The Changing Culture of Rural Barbados PDF by Ò George Gmelch

Trailer Õ Parish Behind God's Back: The Changing Culture of Rural Barbados PDF by Ò George Gmelch In The Eastern Caribbean The Expression Behind God S Back Refers To A Place That Is Remote Or Far Away In This Book, The Authors Look At The Changing Face Of Village Life In St Lucy, Barbados Northern And Most Rural Parish What They Find Are People Whose Lives Are Fully Connected To The Outside World One Of The First Things Any Visitor To The Island Notices Are Youths In Baseball Caps And T Shirts Sporting The Names And Logos Of American Teams Switching On The Television, It Is Easier To Find An American Sitcom Than A Caribbean Program In Conversation, It Soon Becomes Apparent That Nearly Every Villager Has A Relative Living Overseas And That Many Have Themselves Traveled To New York, Toronto, And London And All Barbadians Are Aware That The Health Of Their Economy Depends On Decisions Made Beyond Their Shores The Parish Behind God S Back Is Informed By The Authors Research And Experiences Directing An Anthropology Field School In Barbados Since The Book Begins With An Introduction To The Island And Parish, Followed By History And Macrolevel Description Of The Island Economy, Before Turning To The Local Scene Patterns Of Work, Gender Relations, Lifecycle, Community, And Religion The Perspective Then Widens To Look At The Global Forces That Most Directly Affect Local People S Lives Television, Tourism, And Travel An Appendix Describes How North American College Students Were Changed By Living In St Lucy

The purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive ethnographic account of one rural community in the small island nation of Barbados The intended audience is undergraduate students studying anthropology, therefore it is primarily descriptive, atheoretical, and written in a simple, straight forward manner The author begins with a historical overview, one theme being change over time The second chapter, for example, discusses the demise of the sugar industry, the raison d etre of the colony, and its recent replacement by tourism The book very effectively personalizes life in the community by including portraits of individuals, particularly in chapter four The next chapter is quite appropriately devoted to gender and the life cycle, the relationship between men and women being a key interest of scholars in the Caribbean in recent years The remainder of the book almost half is devoted to a discussion of changes in the community, including the introduction of piped water and its effects, indoor plumbing, kerosene and later propane stoves, ovens, electricity, television, telephones,tourism, and emigration The book is also effective in placing Barbados within the content of the world system I found it to be a very easy, pleasant and informative read, suitable for most any reader with an interest in anthropology, social change, globalization, ethnography, or, of course, Barbados and the English speaking Caribbean I assigned it for a class on the Caribbean and would use it again, although some students found it dull.