Imagining Caribbean Womanhood

Imagining Caribbean Womanhood Race, Nation and Beauty Competitions, 1929-70 - Gender in History

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Synopsis

Over fifty years after Jamaican and Trinidadian independence, Imagining Caribbean womanhood examines the links between beauty and politics in the Anglophone Caribbean, providing a first cultural history of Caribbean beauty competitions, spanning from Kingston to London. It traces the origins and transformation of female beauty contests in the British Caribbean from 1929 to 1970, through the development of cultural nationalism, race-conscious politics and decolonisation. The beauty contest, a seemingly marginal phenomenon, is used to illuminate the persistence of racial supremacy, the advance of consumer culture and the negotiation of race and nation through the idealised performance of cultured, modern beauty. Modern Caribbean femininity was intended to be politically functional but also commercially viable and subtly eroticised.

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Manchester University Press

Manchester University Press

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Book information

ISBN: 9781526150332
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 791.6609729
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 306g
Height: 140mm
Width: 215mm
Spine width: 17mm