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In contrast to the traditional understanding of the Caribbean (and most other places) as having a stable (even if contested) essential identity, current re-theorisations are newly articulating the region in terms of fluid processes and hybrid characteristics. These alternative configurations provide a way to avoid the exclusionary and confrontational emphases typical of the usual contrast of global activities such as tourism and local ‘senses of place’; instead, the new perspective shows how the Caribbean’s ‘marine spaces’ provide changing sites of pluralism and exchange.

In: Transculturation