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Richard Price or the Canadian From Petite-Anse: The Potential and the Limitations of a Hybrid Anthropology

Richard Price or the Canadian From Petite-Anse: The Potential and the Limitations of a Hybrid Anthropology

Chapter:
(p.95) Richard Price or the Canadian From Petite-Anse: The Potential and the Limitations of a Hybrid Anthropology
Source:
American Creoles
Author(s):
Christina Kullberg
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317200.006

This chapter studies Richard Price's book, The Convict and the Colonel: A Story of Colonialism and Resistance in the Caribbean (1998). The book describes the life of Médard Aribot, a thief and an artist, who spent the final years of his life in Petite Anse and Le Diamant in Martinique. The last portion of the book presents Price's life in Martinique and his reflections on the modernization of the island. The chapter examines the style and form of Price's book and demonstrates how the poetic qualities of his anthropological narrative inhibit a fixed view of the other and relate this absence of fixity to the nature of the Creole culture. The chapter focuses on the modernization process of the Martinican society and examines the hybridity of the Creole culture and the ethnographic perspective.

Keywords:   Richard Price, Médard Aribot, Martinique, modernization, anthropological narrative, Creole culture

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