The Illusion of Isolation: The Gullah/Geechees and the Political Economy of African Culture in the Americas

  title={The Illusion of Isolation: The Gullah/Geechees and the Political Economy of African Culture in the Americas},
  author={J. Lorand Matory},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={949 - 980}
  • J. Matory
  • Published 23 September 2008
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
The Gullah/Geechee people are the locus classicus for the study of “African survivals” in North American culture. As such, they have been saddled with the duty to generate universal principles for the explanation of Africans’ acculturation, adaptation, and cultural resistance in the Western hemisphere, and they provide the main North American test case for explanatory principles generated elsewhere in the Americas. Yet, the well-studied Gullah/Geechee case, like the Afro-Atlantic world… 
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