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University of Toronto Scarborough
Girish Daswani

Week 7 Olwig The Burden of Heritage: Claiming a Place for a West Indian Culture 370 - Historical sites are places where different sorts of historically legitmated authenticities are represented and not simply repositories of objects architecture or landscapes from the past - The anthropological redefinition of the past as a negotiable good to be invoked in the establishment of specific identities and related authority structures might seem to lead to the conclusion that the past is a freely available resource available to everyone in support of any heritage claim - I suggest that the past is not a free resource its negotiation taking place within specific historical contexts characterized by particular sytems of power and authority that deem nly certain forms of heritage credible - The specificity of heritage has to do with the exclusionary practices that form the backbone of heritage politics Notions of the African Caribbean Past 371 - Segal argues ppl of African descent were accepted as members of society only if they assumed the respectability of white culture to mask their blackness; they were ineffect dispossessed of a past as definied by the colonial society except through their white masters - Wilk has argued that in order to win any wider recognition local cultural identities must be expressed within global structures of common difference which celebrate particular kinds of diversity while submergining deflating or suppressing others - Today these structures of common difference are primarily those that conform to the dominant fields of discourse associated with contemporary heritage and identity politics Claiming a past and a place 372 - The colonization of St.John led to the elimination of the islands native Caribbean population and the transformation of st john into a plantation society producing sugar and cotton using the labour power of slaves improted from Africa - In the 60s st. John and other united states virgin islands has seen the development of a tourist industry that has offered considerable wage employment, the tourist industry has attracted a large outside work force to the island from other west Indian islands and the united states www.notesolution.com
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