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Title: The development of creole society in Jamaica, 1770-1820
Author: Brathwaite, L. Edward
ISNI:       0000 0001 0937 3020
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1968
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This study of Jamaica during the fifty years, 1770-1820, is an attempt to examine the nature of a specific society, based on slavery, from the point of view of its institutions, its social groupings, and the attitudes of individuals and groups to each other and to the institutions of their society. The term 'institutions' is not being used in this context in its abstract sociological sense to refer to kinship, marriage, law, property, religion, education, etc.; it is used here to refer to those legally established and constitutionally recognized bodies such as the Church, the vestries, the militia and above all the House of Assembly, which served the society as a whole and through which the society regulated itself. The Press, though not legally established, was recognized as a constituent element of the society, and is therefore included under the term. The thesis being presented here argues that the people - from Britain and West Africa, mainly - who settled, lived, worked and were born in Jamaica, contributed to the formation of a society which developed, or was developing, its own distinctive character or culture which, in so far as it was neither purely British nor West African, is called 'creole'; that this 'creole culture' was part of a wider New World or American culture complex, itself the result of European settlement and exploitation of a new environment; and that Jamaican development (like that of the Caribbean generally), was significantly affected by re-alignments within this complex caused by the two major upheavals in the area during the period of this study: the American and what may be described as the 'Humanitarian' Revolutions.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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