French and West Indian: Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana Today

French and West Indian: Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana Today

by Richard D. E. Burton
     
 

ISBN-10: 081391566X

ISBN-13: 9780813915661

Pub. Date: 07/28/1995

Publisher: University of Virginia

In 1946, after more than three hundred years as French colonies, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana were transformed into "overseas departments" of France, equal and identical in theory to any French department. This book assesses the effects of almost half a century of political assimilation into France and asks to what extent the high standard of living

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In 1946, after more than three hundred years as French colonies, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana were transformed into "overseas departments" of France, equal and identical in theory to any French department. This book assesses the effects of almost half a century of political assimilation into France and asks to what extent the high standard of living enjoyed by French West Indians today has been offset by losses on the political, cultural, and psychological levels.

The book, whose contributors come from the French West Indies themselves and from Britain and Jamaica, brings a variety of perspectives to bear on what to many observers will seem a paradox in the postcolonial age: three West Indian societies that are now part of Europe and whose desire to remain French far outweighs- or so it seems- their desire to be West Indian.

University of Virginia Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813915661
Publisher:
University of Virginia
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Series:
New World Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
1,228,804
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
The contributors
Introduction: The French West Indies a l'heure de l'Europe: an overview1
Ch. 1Constitutional and political change in the French Caribbean20
Ch. 2Politics and society in Martinique34
Ch. 3Guadeloupean consensus48
Ch. 4Society, culture and politics in French Guiana56
Ch. 5Dialectics of descent and phenotypes in racial classification in Martinique75
Ch. 6The Declaration of the Treaty of Maastricht on the ultra-peripheral regions of the Community: an assessment86
Ch. 7The French Antilles and the wider Caribbean98
Ch. 8West Indians in France112
Ch. 9Women from Guadeloupe and Martinique119
Ch. 10The idea of difference in contemporary French West Indian thought: Negritude, Antillanite, Creolite137
Ch. 11French West Indian writing since 1970167
Select bibliography188
Index200

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