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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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3. Black Power and West Indian Cricket: Exercises in Post-Nationalism (James Cantres)


3. Black Power and West Indian Cricket: Exercises in Post-Nationalism

James Cantres

After successful transitions to independence in many of the formerly British-controlled Caribbean islands during the 1960s, the representative Test cricket team from across the Anglophone sovereign states continued to supply players to a unified “West Indies” side. The colonial framework of Caribbean collectivity notwithstanding, cricketers from Jamaica to Antigua to Trinidad sought places on the team representing the highest level of cricket in the world. The first generation of Caribbean cricketers to come of age after independence revolutionized the game and the societies from which they emerged. The brash and swaggering West Indies sides of the 1970s, in particular, forced the global cricket order to reckon with the West Indian ascendency and articulated through their attitudes and sporting prowess a specifically black version of cricket supremacy. In their conquests of the staid traditional cricketing powers of England and Australia, the “Calypso Cricketers” provided a space for people of colour around the region and diasporic West Indians in the United Kingdom to revel in their usurping power from the old order. Cricket success coupled with articulations of radical black politics reflected the maturation of Caribbean societies after the end of colonial rule. Although cricketers did not necessarily articulate specific “black power” politics, their public personas and success reflected a rejection of the colonial order and an embrace of black pride and West Indian excellence. Furthermore, the diasporic and region-wide identities the West Indies players represented...

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