From Trinidad to Toronto: Calypso as a way of life
Within the broad ethnomusicological framework proposed by Tim Rice (1987), the thesis looks at the historical construction, social maintenance, and individual creation and experience of calypso with special reference to the Toronto calypso community. The primary concern is with the values, meanings, and functions that calypso has for this community.
The thesis is primarily an ethnographic study based largely on fieldwork conducted in Toronto between March of 1985 and March of 1991, and in Trinidad during Carnival 1989 and 1991. Supplementary fieldwork activities (interviews, participation and attendance at calypso-related events) undertaken on visits to Montreal, St. Catharines, Winnipeg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, New York and Nottinghill Carnival in London have also added ethnographic insights relevant to this study.
Taking as its point of departure the often expressed community sentiment, "calypso is a way of life," the thesis proceeds to evoke a sense of that way of life. It does so by means of ethnographic description and interpretation and by placing the ethnography within the wider sociohistorical contexts of both Trinidad Carnival and of the Caribbean presence in Canada. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
0326: Cultural anthropology