Double Passage: The Lives of Caribbean Migrants Abroad and Back Home

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Oral histories reveal the attitudes and emotions associated with emigration and return.

"Includes 13 oral life histories of Barbadian return migrants from Great Britain and North America, a sample roughly representative of all Barbadian returnees in terms of gender, class, and receiving countries. Histories and commentary treat the entire migration cycle: reasons for departure, experiences abroad, and problems of return. Useful concluding sections on meaning of return migration and on value of oral ...

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Oral histories reveal the attitudes and emotions associated with emigration and return.

"Includes 13 oral life histories of Barbadian return migrants from Great Britain and North America, a sample roughly representative of all Barbadian returnees in terms of gender, class, and receiving countries. Histories and commentary treat the entire migration cycle: reasons for departure, experiences abroad, and problems of return. Useful concluding sections on meaning of return migration and on value of oral history for such study"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Based mainly on oral histories of 13 Barbadians who migrated to Britain and North America, this book argues cogently that the experiences of these migrants and the forces influencing them are more diverse than most studies assume. Gmelch The Irish Tinkers: Urbanization of an Itinerant People writes smoothly, first explaining the history and culture of Barbados, then analyzing patterns of West Indian migration. Clearly a sensitive interviewer, Gmelch has elicited insightful stories: one migrant to England found Africans more prejudiced than whites; another returned with a newfound sense of her black identity, and a student in Canada made a lifelong friend of a classmate. Particularly interesting are the thoughts of leading Barbadian journalist John Wickham, who returned to decry his country's ``rampant nationalism,'' and of calypso musician The Mighty Gabby, who gained his political education in Manhattan's garment district and returned home a protest singer. Gmelch concludes by exploring trends in his subjects' experiences; unlike most social scientists, he concludes that return migrants do contribute new ideas to their home society. Photos not seen by PW. Jan.
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These oral histories of 13 Barbadians who emigrated to England and the United States and later returned home make for charming and interesting reading. Comparing the Barbados of their childhood with the one they found on their return, the interviewees also contrast life there with life in their adopted countries. Gmelch anthropology, Union Coll. places the narratives in a historical context and summarizes what all the emigrants had in common. A seven-page bibliography, several maps, and photos of each of the narrators round out this focused and informative book. Recommended for cultural anthropology, Caribbean history, and African diaspora collections and for public libraries where there is a large population of Caribbean immigrants.-- Anita L. Cole, Miami-Dade P.L. System, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472064786
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1993
  • Pages: 354

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Setting the Stage 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Barbados - The Island Homeland 19
3 Patterns of West Indian Migration 41
Pt. 2 Barbadians in Britain 61
4 Norman and Ann Bovell 63
5 Roy Campbell 83
6 Valenza Griffith 105
7 John Wickham 129
8 Cleveland and Rose Thornhill 145
9 Janice Whittle 161
Pt. 3 Barbadians in North America 177
10 The Mighty Gabby 179
11 Siebert and Aileen Allman 201
12 Richard Goddard 221
13 Errol Inniss 243
Pt. 4 Interpretations 259
14 Immigrants in the Metropole 261
15 The Meaning of Return Migration 283
16 Reflections on Oral History and Migration 311
Bibliography 327
Index 335
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