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By Gerard Aching

Does the masks display greater than it conceals? What, this e-book asks, turns into seen and invisible within the overlaying practiced in Caribbean cultures-not merely within the prevalent milieu of the carnival yet in political language, social behavior, and cultural expressions that mimic, misrepresent, and misinform? targeting covering as a socially major perform in Caribbean cultures, Gerard Aching's research articulates covering, mimicry, and misrecognition as a way of describing and interrogating techniques of visibility and invisibility in Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, and past.

Masking and tool makes use of ethnographic fieldwork, psychoanalysis, and shut literary readings to ascertain encounters among cultural insiders as those locals masks themselves and each other both to counter the social invisibility imposed on them or to keep up their socioeconomic privileges. Aching exposes the ways that innovations of protecting and mimicry, as soon as hired to barter subjectivities inside colonial regime, were appropriated for nation reasons and became, with the coming of self-government within the islands, the potential during which sure privileged locals make a convey of nationwide and cultural solidarity at the same time they have interaction within the privatization of pop culture and its public performances.

Gerard Aching is affiliate professor within the division of Spanish and Portuguese at big apple University.

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