Title

Popular Geopolitical Metaphors We Live(d) by: Remarks on Western Hegemonic Discourses and Caribbean Colonial History

Campus

Dahlonega

Publication date

5-19-2021

Publisher

International Association for Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics

Book or Journal Information

Journal of Postcolonial Linguistics, 5, 135-142.

Keywords

Metaphor theory, Caribbean, hegemony

Abstract

This paper discusses the existence of metaphors that are linked to popular discourses of imperialism, colonialism, and plunder in the Caribbean. Strategies of discursive erasure were implemented in the Caribbean as a result of the insurrectional response to colonialism on the part of Indigenous peoples, Afro-Caribbean peoples, and poor European indentured servants. The maroonage and revolts that occurred in the 17th and 18th centuries are examples of actions that were motivated by a distinct way of thinking, namely a conceptual system of resistance, which was in conflict with the Western program of capital accumulation.

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Popular Geopolitical Metaphors We Live(d) by: Remarks on Western Hegemonic Discourses and Caribbean Colonial History

This paper discusses the existence of metaphors that are linked to popular discourses of imperialism, colonialism, and plunder in the Caribbean. Strategies of discursive erasure were implemented in the Caribbean as a result of the insurrectional response to colonialism on the part of Indigenous peoples, Afro-Caribbean peoples, and poor European indentured servants. The maroonage and revolts that occurred in the 17th and 18th centuries are examples of actions that were motivated by a distinct way of thinking, namely a conceptual system of resistance, which was in conflict with the Western program of capital accumulation.