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Belizean Studies

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105131546405
Genre : Belize
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Category: Belize

Women Of Belize

Author : Irma McClaurin
ISBN : 0813523087
Genre : Social Science
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"Provides a vivid and evocative portrait of the dynamics of gender and the evolution of women's consciousness in this small but very complex multiethnic society. McClaurin's own voice throughout the book is eloquent and subtle, always attentive to both the private and the public implications of women's words."--Daphne Patai, author of Brazilian Women Speak: Contemporary Life Stories "Insightful and inspiring."--O. Nigel Bolland, Colgate University "McClaurin has sensitively enabled three Belizean women to speak frankly about their difficult lives. [Her]self-awareness and interpretations deepen our understanding of these women and their environment."--Zee Edgell, author of Beka Lamb This engaging ethnography is set in the remote district of Toledo in Belize, Central America, where three women weave personal stories about the events in their lives. Each describes her experiences of motherhood, marriage, family illness, emigration, separation, work, or domestic violence that led her to recognize gender inequality and then do something about it. All three challenge the culture of gender at home and in the larger community. Zola, an East Indian woman without primary school education, invents her own escape from a life of subordination by securing land, then marries the man she's lived with since the age of fourteen--but on her own terms. Evelyn, a thirty-nine-year old Creole woman, has raised eight children virtually alone, yet she remains married "out of habit." A keen entrepreneur, she has run a restaurant, a store, and a sewing business, and she now owns a mini-mart attached to her home. Rose, a Garifuna woman, is a mother of two whose husband left when she would not accept his extra-marital affairs. While she ekes out a survival in the informal economy, she gets spiritual comfort from her religious beliefs, love of music, and two children. The voices of these ordinary Belizean women fill the pages of this book. Irma McClaurin reveals the historical circumstances, cultural beliefs, and institutional structures that have rendered women in Belize socially disenfranchised and economically dependent upon men. She shows how some ordinary women, through their participation in women's grassroots groups, have found the courage to change their lives. Drawing upon her own experiences as a black woman in the United States, and relying upon cross-cultural data about the Caribbean and Latin America, she explains the specific way gender is constructed in Belize. Irma McClaurin ia an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Florida.
Category: Social Science


Author : Michael D. Phillips
ISBN : 0761802460
Genre : History
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Belize, a small, newly independent country in Central America, has recently garnered a great deal of the world's attention with its commitment to the protection of the environment and its promotion of eco-tourism. This book presents a full and diverse picture of such a unique country and its history. It contains some of the best research presented at the Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Belize. The conference has succeeded in building a scholarly community for Belize scholars and in promoting the study of a country that has perhaps been unjustly understudied. The conference papers gathered in this book serve as an introduction to Belize and to current scholarship taking place in the country. Papers and their authors include: International Migration and the Ruralization of Belize, 1970-1991, Louis Woods, Joseph Perry, Jeffrey Steagall and Ronald Cossman; A History of Banking in Belize, Anthony Gabb; Predicting the Past and Preserving It for the Future: Modeling and Management of Ancient Maya Residential Sites, Scott Fedick; Population and Ethnicity of Belize, 1861, Michael Camille; The Festival of Arts: British Hunduran, Belizean, and National, Michael D. Philips.
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Colonialism And Resistance In Belize

Author : O. Nigel Bolland
ISBN : 9766401411
Genre : History
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The social history of Belize is marked by conflict; between British settlers and the Maya; between masters and slaves; between capitalists and workers; and between the colonial administration and the Belizean people. This collection of essays, analyzes the most import topics during three centuries of colonialism.
Category: History

Belize Tracking The Path Of Its History

Author : Renate Johanna Mayr
ISBN : 9783643904812
Genre : Social Science
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"Belize belies its geographical location: It is a sparsely populated English-speaking enclave perched between Spanish-speaking countries. The colonization pattern was very unusual and its diplomatic status remained ambiguous for more than two centuries until it became an official British crown colony in 1862 and finally an independent nation in 1981. "--
Category: Social Science

Becoming Creole

Author : Melissa A. Johnson
ISBN : 0813596998
Genre : History
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Taking the reader into the lived experience of Afro-Caribbean people who call the watery lowlands of Belize home, Melissa A. Johnson traces Belizean Creole peoples' relationships with the plants, animals, water, and soils around them, and analyzes how these relationships intersect with transnational racial assemblages.
Category: History