Suriname in the Long Twentieth Century Domination, Contestation, Globalization

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-18
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Despite its modest size, the South American republic of Suriname is today the site of many distinctive processes of globalization, including mass immigration and emigration, re-democratization, widening income gaps, drug trafficking, and increasing diversity. Whereas past historical analyses of this remarkable nation have been largely preoccupied with ethnicity, this intersectional study teases out the complex relationships among class, gender, and ethnic identity over the course of Suriname's modern history, from the capital city of Paramaribo to the country's resource-rich rainforest. Author Rosemarijn Hoefte also places Suriname's history within a global and regional context, exploring both its South American and its Caribbean dimensions.

Author Biography

Rosemarijn Hoefte is Senior Researcher in Caribbean Studies at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), The Netherlands. She has been the Head of KITLV Press since 2000 and is one of the most prominent scholars of Suriname at work today.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Scene: The Culture of Late Colonial Capitalism, 1900-1940

2. The Growing Role of the State in Colonial Society

3. Discontent, Protest, and Repression in the 1930s

4. Resetting the Scene: Developments, 1940-1975

5. Bauxite Mining in Moengo: Remnants of the Past and Signs of Modernity

6. Economic Collapse, Social Dislocation, and the Military Regime

7. The Development of Paramaribo in the Second Half of the Century

8. Leaving the Scene: A New Century

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