Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean

ISBN-10: 1555879594
ISBN-13: 9781555879594
Edition: 2003
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List price: $26.50
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 425
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Designed to enhance readers' comprehension of the traditions, influences, and common themes underlying the many differences within this complex region, this volume ranges in coverage from history to economics and politics, from the environment to ethnicity, from religion to the Caribbean diaspora.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
The Caribbean: A Geographic Preface
Defining the Caribbean
Climate and Weather Patterns in the Caribbean
Landforms in the Caribbean
The Caribbean Amerindian Population
Patterns of European Settlement After Conquest
The Rise and Fall of Sugarcane in the West Indies
Population Problems
Emigration from the Caribbean
Urbanization in the Caribbean
Economic Geography of the Caribbean
Conclusion
The Historical Context
Conquest and Colonization, 1492-1800
Nation Building and Socioeconomic Transition in the Nineteenth Century
The Non-Spanish Caribbean in the Early Twentieth Century
The Emergence of U.S. Hegemony, 1898-1930s
The Emergence of Labor Organizations
War and Cold War, 1939-1959
The Cuban Revolution
Conclusion
Caribbean Politics
The Past as Prelude
External Influences, Internal Dynamics, and New Forms
The Case of Puerto Rico
Socioeconomic Conditions and Political Consciousness
Postwar Transitions
The Case of the Dominican Republic
The Anglo-Caribbean
The Case of Jamaica
Decades of Challenge and Change: The 1970s and 1980s
The Case of Grenada
The Resurgence of U.S. Interventionism
The Case of Haiti
An Era of Uncertainty: The 1990s and 2000s
The Economies of the Caribbean
Common Economic History
Some Differences
Current Economic Structure
Current Economic Performance
Current and Projected Economic Challenges
Conclusion
International Relations
Caribbean International Relations: A Historical Overview
The Dynamics of Caribbean International Relations in the Modern Era
International Challenges Confronting the Caribbean
The Environment and Ecology
The Physical Setting
Historical and Recent Land Use Change
Climate Change and Caribbean Environments
Sustainability and the Environment: Some Reflections
Ethnicity, Race, Class, and Nationality
The Mix of Ethnicity, Race, Class, and Nationality Across the Caribbean
Historical Legacies
Ethnic, Racial, and National Minorities in Caribbean Society
Imagining the Caribbean Nation
Contemporary Realities and Caribbean Migrant Communities
Conclusion
Women and Development
The Sociocultural Context of Caribbean Women
Caribbean Women's Early Struggles
Women in the Hispanic Caribbean
Caribbean Women's Continuing Struggles
Gender, Class, and Familial Organization
The "Independent" Woman in the Contemporary Caribbean
Women and the Organization of American States
Conclusion
Religion in the Caribbean
Categories of Caribbean Religions
Working the Amalgam
Vodou
Santeria
The Rastafari and the Dread
Spiritual Baptists
Caribbean Religions in the Diaspora
Conclusion
Literature and Popular Culture
Indigenous Cultural Patterns
The Early Colonial Era: Material Changes and Cultural Adaptation
The Nineteenth Century: Toward Cultural Autonomy
The Early Twentieth Century: Literary Movements, Vernacular Writing, and Cultural Unification
The Mid-Twentieth Century: The Dialectic of Exile and Nationalism
The Late Twentieth Century and Beyond: The Dialectic of Return and Disillusionment
Conclusion
The Caribbean Diaspora
The Encounter with Europe: Domination of the Caribbean
Caribbean-North American Circulations, 1880-1970
Caribbean Diaspora Networks, 1970s to the Present
Conclusion
Trends and Prospects
The Intergovernmental Dynamic
Transnational Civil Society
The Forum of Greater Caribbean Civil Society
The Future

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