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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day$
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Eva Sansavior and Richard Scholar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381519

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.001.0001

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The Amaranth Paradigm

The Amaranth Paradigm

Amerindian Indigenous Glocality in the Caribbean

(p.173) 7 The Amaranth Paradigm
Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day

Judith Misrahi-Barak

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the varying uses of amaranth — a broad-leafed plant that can be consumed as a vegetable for its leaves but also produces cereal-like grain — from the pre-European Amerindian Caribbean to the present day. In particular, it uses the amaranth paradigm to review the concepts of globalization and glocalization in the Caribbean context. It shows how amaranth, once closely connected to Amerindian civilization and culture, almost disappeared after being banned by the Spanish Conquistadors but has since demonstrated the diversity of its genus and its resilience. It also cites the fact that amaranth has been known for generations across the Caribbean basin under the name of ‘callaloo’. Finally, it discusses the (agri)cultural, historical, and linguistic complexities of amaranth and callaloo.

Keywords:   amaranth, Amerindians, Caribbean, globalization, glocalization, Spanish Conquistadors, callaloo

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