Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean

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  • Copyright: 2003-03-01
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Caribbean: A Geographic Prefacep. 19
Defining the Caribbeanp. 19
Climate and Weather Patterns in the Caribbeanp. 23
Landforms in the Caribbeanp. 26
The Caribbean Amerindian Populationp. 31
Patterns of European Settlement After Conquestp. 33
The Rise and Fall of Sugarcane in the West Indiesp. 35
Population Problemsp. 38
Emigration from the Caribbeanp. 39
Urbanization in the Caribbeanp. 41
Economic Geography of the Caribbeanp. 43
Conclusionp. 48
The Historical Contextp. 51
Conquest and Colonization, 1492-1800p. 52
Nation Building and Socioeconomic Transition in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 60
The Non-Spanish Caribbean in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 67
The Emergence of U.S. Hegemony, 1898-1930sp. 70
The Emergence of Labor Organizationsp. 74
War and Cold War, 1939-1959p. 75
The Cuban Revolutionp. 78
Conclusionp. 80
Caribbean Politicsp. 85
The Past as Preludep. 85
External Influences, Internal Dynamics, and New Formsp. 87
The Case of Puerto Ricop. 91
Socioeconomic Conditions and Political Consciousnessp. 94
Postwar Transitionsp. 95
The Case of the Dominican Republicp. 102
The Anglo-Caribbeanp. 103
The Case of Jamaicap. 104
Decades of Challenge and Change: The 1970s and 1980sp. 110
The Case of Grenadap. 113
The Resurgence of U.S. Interventionismp. 115
The Case of Haitip. 119
An Era of Uncertainty: The 1990s and 2000sp. 121
The Economies of the Caribbeanp. 129
Common Economic Historyp. 129
Some Differencesp. 131
Current Economic Structurep. 133
Current Economic Performancep. 137
Current and Projected Economic Challengesp. 140
Conclusionp. 144
International Relationsp. 149
Caribbean International Relations: A Historical Overviewp. 151
The Dynamics of Caribbean International Relations in the Modern Erap. 156
International Challenges Confronting the Caribbeanp. 170
The Environment and Ecologyp. 179
The Physical Settingp. 180
Historical and Recent Land Use Changep. 184
Climate Change and Caribbean Environmentsp. 194
Sustainability and the Environment: Some Reflectionsp. 199
Ethnicity, Race, Class, and Nationalityp. 209
The Mix of Ethnicity, Race, Class, and Nationality Across the Caribbeanp. 211
Historical Legaciesp. 212
Ethnic, Racial, and National Minorities in Caribbean Societyp. 220
Imagining the Caribbean Nationp. 223
Contemporary Realities and Caribbean Migrant Communitiesp. 229
Conclusionp. 234
Women and Developmentp. 239
The Sociocultural Context of Caribbean Womenp. 239
Caribbean Women's Early Strugglesp. 243
Women in the Hispanic Caribbeanp. 246
Caribbean Women's Continuing Strugglesp. 247
Gender, Class, and Familial Organizationp. 252
The "Independent" Woman in the Contemporary Caribbeanp. 257
Women and the Organization of American Statesp. 259
Conclusionp. 259
Religion in the Caribbeanp. 263
Categories of Caribbean Religionsp. 264
Working the Amalgamp. 266
Vodoup. 273
Santeriap. 280
The Rastafari and the Dreadp. 285
Spiritual Baptistsp. 291
Caribbean Religions in the Diasporap. 299
Conclusionp. 301
Literature and Popular Culturep. 305
Indigenous Cultural Patternsp. 306
The Early Colonial Era: Material Changes and Cultural Adaptationp. 309
The Nineteenth Century: Toward Cultural Autonomyp. 312
The Early Twentieth Century: Literary Movements, Vernacular Writing, and Cultural Unificationp. 317
The Mid-Twentieth Century: The Dialectic of Exile and Nationalismp. 320
The Late Twentieth Century and Beyond: The Dialectic of Return and Disillusionmentp. 324
Conclusionp. 328
The Caribbean Diasporap. 333
The Encounter with Europe: Domination of the Caribbeanp. 335
Caribbean-North American Circulations, 1880-1970p. 338
Caribbean Diaspora Networks, 1970s to the Presentp. 342
Conclusionp. 348
Trends and Prospectsp. 355
The Intergovernmental Dynamicp. 356
Transnational Civil Societyp. 359
The Forum of Greater Caribbean Civil Societyp. 360
The Futurep. 361
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