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The Postcolonial Caribbean as a Liminal Space: Authoring Other Modes of Contestation and Affirmation

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This introductory article, by way of explicating the rationale behind the focus of this special issue, discusses some of the debate concerning the theoretic utility of tropes such as liminality and hybridity for analyzing the negotiation of identity and cultural production in the English-speaking Caribbean. The article critiques the spatial and temporal metaphors that underlie these tropes, drawing on the work of postcolonial scholars who have sought to contextualize postcolonial theory within communication studies. The article ends by proposing that performance may offer alternative perspectives for theorizing resistance to hegemony as communicatively constructed.

Keywords: Caribbean cultural production; hybridity; identity negotiation; intercultural communication; liminality; postcolonial theory

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Communication, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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