Week 5, Survival and Invention: Indigeneity in the Caribbean, Peter Hume (Castle)

October 29, 2007

I was particularly drawn to the discussion in this chapter about the influence of language and terminology in shaping identity.  “Cultural identity can depend on formal as well as existential recognition, and formal recognition can depend in very particular ways on questions of language” (295). Often we find people making light of the way in which words are selected or used, I must admit that politically correct language can at times seem burdensome, but this article brings to light the important role terminology plays in moving towards a more robust and appropriate understanding of the unique and complex aspects of identity.

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