Islands as Crossroads: Sustaining Cultural Diversity in Small Island Developing States
Tim Curtis (ed.)
UNESCO Publishing (February 2011) | ISBN: 978-92-3-104181-5

Islands have long been places where peoples of different cultures have encountered each other and lived in close proximity. Islands are better understood as dynamic centres of cultural interaction – as ‘crossroads of cultures’. This book, which reflects the outcomes of a UNESCO symposium held in the Seychelles in 2007, brings together scholars of various disciplines from the three main island regions of the world – the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean – to explore the ways in which the peoples of small islands have lived, and continue to live, in their culturally diverse societies. Leading anthropologists, historians, economists, archaeologists and others unpack the complexity and dynamics of societies in small island developing states. Chapters of relevance to TK address: preserving Caribbean cultural identity in the face of globalization, by Gordon Rohlehr; shifting cultures and emerging rites: Kang Rom (chanting tales) as a way of building communities, by Michael A. Mel; of Poteau mitans, bedis, vèvè and things: Caribbean Island identities and cultural production, by Patricia Mohammed; making policy to support living cultures: a case study in ‘mainstreaming culture’ from Vanuatu, by Ralph Regenvanu; and the global creative economy and Small Island Developing States, by Keith Nurse. Further information … Purchase the book from UNESCO …