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Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean / Edition 1

Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean / Edition 1

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Scholars of the social sciences and humanities offer a broad view that can serve as the core text for an introductory course on the Caribbean and Caribbean politics, or as background reading for visitors. Rather than looking at particular nations, they consider the region as whole from such perspectives as geography, history, the economies international relations, literature and popular culture, and the diaspora. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555879594
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2003
Series: Understanding Ser.: Introduction to the States and Regions of the Contemporary World
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 425

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
2The Caribbean: A Geographic Preface19
Defining the Caribbean19
Climate and Weather Patterns in the Caribbean23
Landforms in the Caribbean26
The Caribbean Amerindian Population31
Patterns of European Settlement After Conquest33
The Rise and Fall of Sugarcane in the West Indies35
Population Problems38
Emigration from the Caribbean39
Urbanization in the Caribbean41
Economic Geography of the Caribbean43
3The Historical Context51
Conquest and Colonization, 1492-180052
Nation Building and Socioeconomic Transition in the Nineteenth Century60
The Non-Spanish Caribbean in the Early Twentieth Century67
The Emergence of U.S. Hegemony, 1898-1930s70
The Emergence of Labor Organizations74
War and Cold War, 1939-195975
The Cuban Revolution78
4Caribbean Politics85
The Past as Prelude85
External Influences, Internal Dynamics, and New Forms87
The Case of Puerto Rico91
Socioeconomic Conditions and Political Consciousness94
Postwar Transitions95
The Case of the Dominican Republic102
The Anglo-Caribbean103
The Case of Jamaica104
Decades of Challenge and Change: The 1970s and 1980s110
The Case of Grenada113
The Resurgence of U.S. Interventionism115
The Case of Haiti119
An Era of Uncertainty: The 1990s and 2000s121
5The Economies of the Caribbean129
Common Economic History129
Some Differences131
Current Economic Structure133
Current Economic Performance137
Current and Projected Economic Challenges140
6International Relations149
Caribbean International Relations: A Historical Overview151
The Dynamics of Caribbean International Relations in the Modern Era156
International Challenges Confronting the Caribbean170
7The Environment and Ecology179
The Physical Setting180
Historical and Recent Land Use Change184
Climate Change and Caribbean Environments194
Sustainability and the Environment: Some Reflections199
8Ethnicity, Race, Class, and Nationality209
The Mix of Ethnicity, Race, Class, and Nationality Across the Caribbean211
Historical Legacies212
Ethnic, Racial, and National Minorities in Caribbean Society220
Imagining the Caribbean Nation223
Contemporary Realities and Caribbean Migrant Communities229
9Women and Development239
The Sociocultural Context of Caribbean Women239
Caribbean Women's Early Struggles243
Women in the Hispanic Caribbean246
Caribbean Women's Continuing Struggles247
Gender, Class, and Familial Organization252
The "Independent" Woman in the Contemporary Caribbean257
Women and the Organization of American States259
10Religion in the Caribbean263
Categories of Caribbean Religions264
Working the Amalgam266
The Rastafari and the Dread285
Spiritual Baptists291
Caribbean Religions in the Diaspora299
11Literature and Popular Culture305
Indigenous Cultural Patterns306
The Early Colonial Era: Material Changes and Cultural Adaptation309
The Nineteenth Century: Toward Cultural Autonomy312
The Early Twentieth Century: Literary Movements, Vernacular Writing, and Cultural Unification317
The Mid-Twentieth Century: The Dialectic of Exile and Nationalism320
The Late Twentieth Century and Beyond: The Dialectic of Return and Disillusionment324
12The Caribbean Diaspora333
The Encounter with Europe: Domination of the Caribbean335
Caribbean-North American Circulations, 1880-1970338
Caribbean Diaspora Networks, 1970s to the Present342
13Trends and Prospects355
The Intergovernmental Dynamic356
Transnational Civil Society359
The Forum of Greater Caribbean Civil Society360
The Future361

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