Contemporary Caribbean Cultures and Societies in a Global Context (Paperback)
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Contemporary Caribbean Cultures and Societies in a Global Context (Paperback)

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Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 30/11/2005
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This book describes the Caribbean responses to globalization. The Caribbean ranks among the earliest and most completely globalized regions in the world. From the first moment Europeans set foot on the islands to the present, products, people, and ideas have made their way back and forth between the region and other parts of the globe with unequal but inexorable force. An inventory of some of these unprecedented multidirectional exchanges, this volume provides a measure of, as well as a model for, new scholarship on globalization in the region. Ten essays by leading scholars in the field of Caribbean studies identify and illuminate important social and cultural aspects of the region as it seeks to maintain its own identity against the unrelenting pressures of globalization. These essays examine cultural phenomena in their creolized forms - from sports and religion to music and drink - as well as the Caribbean manifestations of more universal trends - from racial inequality and feminist activism to indebtedness and economic uncertainty. Throughout, the volume points to the contending forces of homogeneity and differentiation that define globalization and highlights the growing agency of the Caribbean peoples in the modern world.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807856345
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 19 mm
Edition: New edition


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These original essays . . . offer refreshing new looks into contemporary Caribbean societies regionally, and specifically in the cases of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Highly recommended.--Choice


Offers many ways to approach contemporary globalization, especially as it is experienced by insular societies with limited natural resources.--New West Indian Guide


A wide-ranging overview of the challenges facing the region today. . . . A welcome assessment of the positive action that is being taken by Caribbean people to reassert their place within a globalizing world.--The Round Table


The most rewarding aspect of these volumes is that their divergence in orientation raises important questions about the ways we interpret the Caribbean.--Caribbean Studies

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