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ERIC Number: ED567446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 166
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-1130-2
The Role of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication in Strategies of Resistance on the Part of African Slaves on the Islands of St. Croix, Jamaica and Trinidad during the Nineteenth Century
Lopez Mora, Sonia E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (Puerto Rico)
Human acts are sometimes inspired by some desire for survival while on other occasions, however, by a move to show power over others. In this struggle, diverse forces tend to pull people in different directions, yet there is often a group that exhibits more power over the other, while the second group--those with less access to control--ends up exercising more power in the form of resistance. There exist ways to resist, ranging from the exercise of force, in all of its manifestations to the most subtle means, such as language, war, riot, marches, noise, discourse, drumming, music, songs, dress, seduction, escape, and silence. Historically, many of these strategies have been used in different contexts by humankind in the pursuit of power, dignity and self-pride. As we study the history of the Caribbean and how its cultures, languages and heritage were constructed, we discover that these societies were created over struggle, confrontation and resistance. The study that follows will address these issues in order to identify, describe and explain various verbal and nonverbal means of communication exercised by plantation slaves in the Anglophone Caribbean, in order to repel and battle the force imposed, with particular focus on the islands of St. Croix, Jamaica and Trinidad during the nineteenth century. Our goal is to assemble, in a single document, two of the ways in which the slaves in the Caribbean exercised resistance through verbal and nonverbal forms of communication. Finally, we wish to enhance the prominence that verbal and nonverbal communication play in the accomplishment of protecting and preserving culture. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica; Trinidad and Tobago; Virgin Islands