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Regional Discourses on Society and History

Shaping the Caribbean

Edited By Jerome Teelucksingh and Shane Pantin

This book thematically analyses and surveys areas of Caribbean history and society. The work is divided into three parts: part one addresses migration and identity; part two explores policy and development; and part three explores music and literature. The volume places a fresh perspective on these topics. The essays depart from the usual broader themes of politics, economics and society and provide a deeper insight into forces that left a decisive legacy on aspects of the Caribbean region. Such contributions come at a time when some of the Caribbean territories are marking over 50 years as independent nation states and attempting to create, understand and forge ways of dealing with critical national and regional issues. The volume brings together a broad group of scholars writing on Caribbean issues including postgraduate students, lecturers, and researchers. Each chapter is thematically divided into the aforementioned areas. This book addresses areas much deeper than the linear historical and social science models, and it offers Caribbean academics and researchers a foundation for further research.

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Acknowledgments

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The editors are grateful to those authors who agreed to include their research in this collection. We would like to acknowledge those persons who granted permission to have their interviews cited and published. The cover photo of a coconut estate is from the Michael Goldberg Collection located in the West Indiana and Special Collections at the Alma Jordan library, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Many thanks to Professor Brinsley Samaroo for reviewing the book’s Introduction. Finally, the editors are grateful to the staff at Peter Lang for providing timely advice and guidance to us and the authors to ensure this book on the Caribbean region is published.

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