) where there were no original
indigenes, 2 they
changed irrevocably the social vocabulary of the metropole.
The role of culture as a means of subverting the dominant
order is, arguably, at its most refined in the Caribbean. 3 The long centuries of
slavery provided a fitting apprenticeship where the ground rules of
alternative, creolised, cultural forms and socialpractices were laid
like Cambridge University studied colonial products in research institutes where they had very little regular contact with local people apart from those they employed. These researchers did not spend so much time out in the field, and were not routinely engaged in the direct manipulation of the economic and socialpractices of local communities in the name of improvement. Instead their work contributed to the exercise of colonial power through the production of representations of the tropics and colonised peoples; representations that were often informed by the