Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons
Creolization in the Cockpits, Jamaica
Despite outstanding histories and ethnographies on maroons, there has been little attempt to draw modern maroons into a comparative perspective with the descendants of emancipated slaves who are the majority of African-Americans today.
Author: Jean Besson
Despite outstanding histories and ethnographies on maroons, there has been little attempt to draw modern maroons into a comparative perspective with the descendants of emancipated slaves who are the majority of African-Americans today. There is therefore a gap in the comparative exploration of creolization in maroon and non-maroon derivations of African-American slave cultures. Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons bridges that gap through a comparative ethnography of three post-slavery transnational communities – Accompong, Aberdeen and Maroon Town – that stand fast in the Jamaican Cockpit Country today.
The Cockpit Country, so named after the cock-fighting pits introduced by the Spanish to the Americas, with steep mountains and deep valleys, straddles the interior of adjoining parishes in central Jamaica. During slavery these Cockpits served as a refuge for fighting maroons and the provision grounds of plantation slaves. In the twenty-first century Accompong endures as a corporate maroon society; Aberdeen is a village descended from emancipated slaves; and Maroon Town is a community claiming descent from planters, maroons and slaves. Consolidating over 30 years of research and fieldwork in these communities, Jean Besson provides a sweeping yet all-encompassing examination of comparative creolization and the complexities of ethnicity at the maroon/non-maroon interface.
|Dimensions||10 x 7 in|
Copiously illustrated with maps, figures, photographs and genealogies
Foreword by Karen Fog Olwig
2. The Roots of Creolization in the Cockpits
3. The Creolization of the Commons
4. Myal, Kinship and the Ancestors
5. Reinterpreting Accompong Maroon Society
6. Accompong, Aberdeen and Maroon Town: The Maroon/Non-Maroon Interface
7. Non-Maroon Maroon Town
8. ‘Slave Master’ Pickni’: Meso-Creole Ethnicities and Narrative Transformations of Trelawny Town
9. Maroon Town Narratives of Maroon Descent and Marronage
10. The McGhie Maroons and the Maroon Town McGhies
11. Maroon Town and Accompong: Ritual, Tourism and Nationhood
12. Creolization at the Maroon/Non-Maroon Interface