Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
In this essay I argue that Haitian-American artists Edwidge Danticat and Wyclef Jean employ Carnival symbolism to explore the practices and politics of belonging in "global" cities. While meditating on the cultural and social dynamism produced by transnationalism, they resist the impulse to idealize its effects. In song and nonfictional narrative, they reflect also on the ways that historical and structural violence shape the lives of Haitian migrants in creolized cities.
Carnivals, Dance music, Rap music, Celebrations, Hip hop dance, Creoles, Globalization, Cultural identity, Multiculturalism, Neighborhoods
Biography © 2012 University of Hawai'i Press
Lamothe, Daphne, "Carnival in the Creole City: Place, Race and Identity in the Age of Globalization" (2012). Africana Studies: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.