Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Global Mixed Race$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Rebecca C. King-O'Riain, Stephen Small, Minelle Mahtani, Miri Song, and Paul Spickard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770733

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770733.001.0001

Show Summary Details

“Split Me in Two”

“Split Me in Two”

Gender, Identity, and “Race Mixing” in the Trinidad and Tobago Nation

(p.44) 3 “Split Me in Two”
Global Mixed Race

Rhoda Reddock

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the hybrid identity of people in Trinidad and Tobago. Sarah England, observed that in Trinidad and Tobago, “the absorbency of blackness can be contrasted with the purity of Indianness which is exclusive rather than inclusive.” When Indian is mixed with anything else it becomes something other than Indian by definition. This significant distinction could be attributed to a number of factors—the salience of Hindu notions of “purity” and dread of “polluting” influences and the negativism associated with “Blackness” and by extension “Africanness.” As such, the tension between these two strands of identity formation has been central to notions of citizenship in Trinidad and Tobago.

Keywords:   hybrid identity, Trinidad, Tobago, purity, polluting, citizenship

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.