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Author Miller, Daniel, 1954-

Title Modernity, an ethnographic approach : dualism and mass consumption in Trinidad / Daniel Miller
Published Oxford ; Providence, RI : Berg, 1994


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Description 340 pages ; 23 cm
Series Explorations in anthropology series
Explorations in anthropology.
Contents 1. Trinidad and Modernity -- 2. Modernity as a General Property -- 3. Christmas, Carnival and Temporal Consciousness -- 4. Household as Cultural Idiom -- 5. Mass Consumption -- 6. Origins and Articulations -- 7. Modernity as a Specific Condition
Summary "Ethnography of Trinidad focuses on processes of mass consumption. Asserts that Trinidadians confront problems of 'modernity' (focus on the present as divorced from the past, concomitant need to recreate moral premises, sense of 'compression of space-time,' sense of instability, desire for subjective experience, 'sense of the private'), and construct their 'selves' and their culture through consumption. Trinidad manifests 'a culture which is self-constructed, in full knowledge that it is in fact self-constructed.'"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
Analysis Ethnography
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-333) and index
Subject Consumption (Economics) -- Trinidad and Tobago -- Trinidad.
Ethnology -- Trinidad and Tobago -- Trinidad.
Ethnology -- Trinidad and Tobago -- Trinidad.
Trinidad -- Economic conditions.
Trinidad -- Social life and customs.
LC no. 93023406
ISBN 0854969160 (cloth)
0854969179 (paper)