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Rise and Fall of an Empire

A Progressive Caribbean

Jerome Teelucksingh

Rise and Fall of an Empire: A Progressive Caribbean emphasizes the significance of literature, media, history, slavery, culture and ideology which helped shape the Caribbean. This interdisciplinary work includes lesser known events, individuals and organizations that have emerged from colonialism and contributed to the foundations of a Caribbean Empire. Furthermore, these personalities and groups made valid contributions to the improvement and betterment of Caribbean societies. There are obvious contradictions within the Caribbean region that denote noteworthy progress whilst other indicators reflect a regression. Undoubtedly, these are features of a dynamic people and stable region that should be considered an Empire.

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Media and Caribbean Culture

All human beings are exposed to any number of strong social influences through which the formations of individual and collective gender identities are heavily influenced. Sociologists refer to such influences as agencies of socialization. Michelle Fine and Peter Kuriloff contend, “Boys and men construct lives within specific social spaces. They occupy these niches by accident of race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and personal history.”1 One of the most powerful agencies of gender socialization in Caribbean modernity is the mass media including newspapers, magazines, videos, comic books, radio, television, cinema, compact disks, DVDs and the Internet. The gendered messages of social media affect varying degrees of masculinity and femininity considered “normal” within a population. Thus, significant aspects of society’s expectations of what constitutes a man become solidly rooted in the media.

The foreign media has created a cultural dependency in the Caribbean.2 This dependency implies that a significant percentage of Caribbean citizens tend to reject their local or indigenous culture and accept or favor foreign culture. In this context, “culture is the ensemble ←89 | 90→of social practices by which meanings are produced, circulated and exchanged.”3 The link between the acculturation process and the foreign media, especially from the United States, has been so successful that Caribbean men have lost their identity.4 Indeed, the Caribbean can be dubbed a “little United States.”

The men’s movements have been based on experiences of White, heterosexual, middle-class men.5 This has contributed to...

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