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In Plenty and in Time of Need

Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity

Lia T. Bascomb (author)

ISBN: 9781978803947

Publication Date: Nov 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Demonstrates how the unique history of Barbados has contributed to complex relations of national, gendered, and sexual identities, and how these identities are represented and interpreted on a global stage.
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In Plenty and in Time of Need demonstrates how the unique history of Barbados has contributed to complex relations of national, gendered, and sexual identities, and how these identities are represented and interpreted on a global stage. As the most widespread manifestation of social commentary, the book uses music and performance to analyze the competing ideals and realities of the national culture. It details the histories of prominent musical artists, including the prolific Pan-Africanist calypsonian the Mighty Gabby, the world renown Merrymen, Soca Queen Alison Hinds, artist/activist Rupee, and international superstar Rihanna. Using these artists, the project analyzes how femininity, masculinity, and sexuality are put in service of Barbadian nationalism. By examining websites, blogs, and digital products of these artists in conversation with Barbadian tourism, the book re-examines the ways in which commodity, sexuality, gender performance, and diasporic consciousness undergird individual careers and national representations.

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"A refreshingly vital work! As Barbados flexes its stance, situating itself in the contemporary world, Lia T. Bascomb provides one of the most engaging and enlightening published discussions on the meanings of this process. In Plenty and in Time of Need will be a go-to text for many years."

"Lia Bascomb's In Plenty and In Time of Need is a necessary and powerful remix of performance studies, diaspora studies, studies of the nation, studies of migration and popular culture. Her remixes of critical theory, Caribbean intellectual traditions, discourses of the nation, post-independence and postcolonial conditions, along with gender and sexuality provide a powerful account of contemporary Black diasporic connection and performativity located in the geopolitics of Barbados but exceeding the geography of that place to reorient our thinking on the global flows of people, cultures and power."
Illustrations 17 black & white illustrations
Pages 310
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2019
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Critical Caribbean Studies
Subject/s History of the Americas   Popular culture   Theory of music & musicology   Art styles not defined by date   Black & Asian studies  
Lia T. Bascomb is an assistant professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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