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The Creolizing SubjectRace, Reason, and the Politics of Purity$
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Michael J. Monahan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234493

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234493.001.0001

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Turbulent and Dangerous Spirits: Irish Servitude in Barbados

Turbulent and Dangerous Spirits: Irish Servitude in Barbados

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(p.51) 2 Turbulent and Dangerous Spirits: Irish Servitude in Barbados
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The Creolizing Subject
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Michael J. Monahan

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234493.003.0003

The history of the Irish in the colonial Caribbean was important in the emerging racial landscape of the time. As they did later in North America, the Irish in the early colonial Caribbean occupied a very ambiguous position in the racial hierarchy, and one that, again as would be the case in the United States, changed substantially over the course of a generation or two. Aside from any number of important historical and sociological issues raised by this phenomenon, it also points toward crucial philosophical questions regarding the ontology of race, the workings of racial oppression, and the relation between the two. A close examination of the early period of Irish servitude in Barbados will help to illuminate the central themes and problems with which this book contends. This book offers an account of racial ontology as it relates both to the phenomenon of racism and to the understanding and interpretation of history.

Keywords:   Irish, colonial Caribbean, United States, racial ontology, race, racial oppression, Barbados, racism, history, servitude

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