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From Trinidad to Toronto: Calypso as a way of life


1991 1991

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Abstract (summary)

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.)

Indexing (details)


Subject
Music;
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0413: Music
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Ontario
Title
From Trinidad to Toronto: Calypso as a way of life
Author
Gallaugher, Annemarie
Number of pages
405
Publication year
1991
Degree date
1991
School code
0267
Source
MAI 30/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780315657144, 0315657146
Advisor
Lessem, Alan
University/institution
York University (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MM65714
ProQuest document ID
303931325
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303931325/abstract
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