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Postcolonial Perspectives on the Cultures of Latin America and Lusophone Africa$
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Robin Fiddian

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235668

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313851

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Fernando Ortiz's Transculturation: the Postcolonial Intellectual and the Politics of Cultural Representation

Fernando Ortiz's Transculturation: the Postcolonial Intellectual and the Politics of Cultural Representation

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(p.141) Chapter Six Fernando Ortiz's Transculturation: the Postcolonial Intellectual and the Politics of Cultural Representation
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Postcolonial Perspectives on the Cultures of Latin America and Lusophone Africa
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Catherine Davies

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235668.003.0007

This chapter highlights the signal importance of Fernando Ortiz's work to the discipline of ethnography and politics. It argues that Ortiz ranks among the most important theorists of the postcolonial condition. It concentrates on Ortiz's invention of the term ‘transculturation’. Transculturation first appears in Ortiz's Contrapunteo cubano del tabaco y el azúcar. This chapter suggests that what Ortiz meant by ‘transculturation’ was on-going cultural contact in a bounded space (the island, Cuba) in a bounded period of time. He is an exemplary model of postcolonial agency and accomplishment.

Keywords:   transculturation, Fernando Ortiz, Contrapunteo cubano, Cuba, postcolonial condition, ethnography, politics

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