Tina K. Ramnarine – Beautiful Cosmos Performance and Belonging in the Caribbean Diaspora

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What are the musical sounds that people remember in the diaspora? What are the sounds they create? Recognising the importance that people attach to musical performances, this book explores the significance of widespread Caribbean genres in diaspora politics.

Tina K. Ramnarine uses ethnographic approaches to unravel creative processes of memory, innovation and production and to interrogate geographies of musical canons, hybridity discourses and culture theory. She challenges us to rethink diaspora as only being about displacement, to move beyond the limits of marginalisation and otherness, and to imagine the possibilities of 'beautiful cosmos'. Asking 'where is home in the diaspora?' this book presents radical perspectives in the study of diaspora

Tina K. Ramnarine is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway University of London. She is the author of Ilmatar's Inspirations (University of Chicago Press, 2003), Beautiful Cosmos (Pluto, 2007) and editor of Musical Performance in the Diaspora (Routledge, 2007)

Published by Pluto Press in Oct 2007
Paperback ISBN: 9780745317663

256 pages

135mm x 215mm