In this paper I want to trace how and why The Invention of Culture (IOC)
has resonated strongly throughout my encounters with anthropological theory
and fieldsite experiences in the Caribbean. I briefly outline how some
of its key analytical arguments about the meanings and applications of the
‘culture’ concept can be productively compared and applied to what at first
glance might appear to be quite unrelated ‘new’ theoretical models about
gender and sexuality, particularly Judith Butler’s ‘performative’ approach,
more than twenty-five years after its initial publication.