Nature and Race in Belize
Rutgers University Press 2018
New Books in AnthropologyNew Books in Caribbean StudiesNew Books in Critical TheoryNew Books in Environmental StudiesNew Books in Latin American StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Science & TechnologyNew Books Network April 26, 2019 Alejandra Bronfman
Drawing from Sylvia Wynter’s call for rethinking our category of “human”, Melissa Johnson‘s ethnography Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize (Rutgers University Press, 2018) demonstrates how entangled people are with the other-than-human that surrounds them. Mud, water, trees, animals and people form assemblages and shape particular identities. These relationships were also intrinsic to social and political contingencies. Johnson notes the historical legacies of slavery and the search for mahogany in the 19th century and the emergence of ecotourism in the 20th century as part of the process of becoming Creole.