INTRODUCTION
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[Edouard] Glissant said to me: ‘‘I have never met
you in Barbados, and you have never met me in
Martinique. Why?’’ And I replied, ‘‘Because those
journeys were not on our agenda.’’
—George Lamming (Conversations)
This book is a strange beast. It straddles the
imaginativegeographyofthreevastregions—
South Asia, Africa, the Americas—but is not
ethnography,travelogue,orsociology.Theat-
tempt has been to bring together questions
relevant, however differently, to two specific
contexts:TrinidadandIndia.Thehopeisthat,
while the comparisons might produce new
shadows, new regions will simultaneously be
cast into relief.
The central focus of the book is the
‘‘woman question’’ as it emerges through the
mobilization of ‘‘Indianness’’ and other re-
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