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Geoculture and popular culture: Carnivals, diasporas, and hybridities in the Americas

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The carnivals of the Americas that are focused on in this paper are those forged in the colonial era and that are associated with plantation society. The aim of this paper is to theorize about the linkage between geoculture and popular culture with reference to carnival festivals in the Americas. The popular culture and carnivals of the Americas are diasporic and hybrid sites for the ritual negotiation and reinvention of cultural identity and practice between and among various social groups in the Americas. This paper argues that popular culture in the Americas was born of opposition, rebellion, protest, and resistance to the colonial and neo-colonial power structure. From this standpoint, this paper calls for an approach that embodies an understanding of popular culture as complex, ambivalent, and contested Carnival's logic is one of ambivalence to the structures and strictures of life, and particularly to official cultures or geocultures.

Keywords: Americas; Carnivals; colonial; Culture; Culture: Carnivals; Diasporas; Geoculture; Hybridities



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