Beyond Sun and Sand: Caribbean Environmentalisms

Beyond Sun and Sand: Caribbean Environmentalisms

by Sherrie L. Baver
     
 

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Filtered through the lens of the North American and European media, the Caribbean appears to be a series of idyllic landscapes-sanctuaries designed for sailing, diving, and basking in the sun on endless white sandy beaches. Conservation literature paints a similarly enticing portrait, describing the region as a habitat for endangered coral reefs and their denizens

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Filtered through the lens of the North American and European media, the Caribbean appears to be a series of idyllic landscapes-sanctuaries designed for sailing, diving, and basking in the sun on endless white sandy beaches. Conservation literature paints a similarly enticing portrait, describing the region as a habitat for endangered coral reefs and their denizens, parrots, butterflies, turtles, snails, and a myriad of plant species.

In both versions, the image of the exotic landscape overshadows the rich island cultures that are both linguistically and politically diverse, but trapped in a global economy that offers few options for development. Popular depictions also overlook the reality that the region is fraught with environmental problems, including water and air pollution, solid waste mismanagement, destruction of ecosystems, deforestation, and the transition from agriculture to ranching.

Bringing together ten essays by social scientists and activists, Beyond Sun and Sand provides the most comprehensive exploration to date of the range of environmental issues facing the region and the social movements that have developed to deal with them. The authors consider the role that global and regional political economies play in this process and provide valuable insight into Caribbean environmentalism. Many of the essays by prominent Caribbean analysts are made available for the first time in English.

 

Editorial Reviews

author of Constructing a Colonial People: Puerto Rico and the United States 1898 - Pedro Caban

This original and innovative book presents the research findings and conceptualizations of an international group of talented scholars who explore the interrelationship between development, environmentalism, and social movements in the Caribbean. This book will be an important addition to the literature on the Caribbean in the world system that will be used in college classrooms and cited by scholars for its valuable contributions to the field.
author of Constructing a Colonial People: Puerto Rico and the United States 1898 - Pedro Cabßn
This original and innovative book presents the research findings and conceptualizations of an international group of talented scholars who explore the interrelationship between development, environmentalism, and social movements in the Caribbean. This book will be an important addition to the literature on the Caribbean in the world system that will be used in college classrooms and cited by scholars for its valuable contributions to the field.
author of Constructing a Colonial People: Puerto Rico and the United States 1898 - Pedro Cab�n
This original and innovative book presents the research findings and conceptualizations of an international group of talented scholars who explore the interrelationship between development, environmentalism, and social movements in the Caribbean. This book will be an important addition to the literature on the Caribbean in the world system that will be used in college classrooms and cited by scholars for its valuable contributions to the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813537528
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
496 KB

Meet the Author


Sherrie L. Baver is an associate professor of political science and Latin American/Latino studies at The City College and The Graduate Center-CUNY in Manhattan.
 
Barbara Deutsch Lynch is a visiting associate professor and director of the urban and regional studies program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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