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In Search Of A Better Life

Author: Ransford W. Palmer
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275934095
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This volume's contributors examine the factors that have motivated the historic movement of Caribbean people from their island economies; their social, economic, and cultural adaptation to their new environments; and the impact of the 1986 U.S. immigration laws. Among the issues discussed are the economic conditions that heralded the mass migration of Caribbean labor in the 19th century, differences in educational performance of immigrants in the U.S. and Britain, the characteristics of illegal migration from the Caribbean to the United States, and the tensions that arise as immigrant households adjust to their new environment.

Caribbean Migration

Author: Elizabeth M. Thomas-Hope
Publisher: University of West Indies Press
ISBN: 9789766401269
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Originally published in 1992, this text considers out-migration from the Caribbean in an analytical manner. Its comparative approach, involving three islands (Jamaica, Barbados and St Vincent) and the range of micro-environments within those islands, is based on data from extensive surveys and in-depth interviews. Analysis of the migration process reflects the perspective of Caribbean potential migrants themselves.

The Indian Caribbean

Author: Lomarsh Roopnarine
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 149681441X
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This book tells a distinct story of Indians in the Caribbean--one concentrated not only on archival records and institutions, but also on the voices of the people and the ways in which they define themselves and the world around them. Through oral history and ethnography, Lomarsh Roopnarine explores previously marginalized Indians in the Caribbean and their distinct social dynamics and histories, including the French Caribbean and other islands with smaller South Asian populations. He pursues a comparative approach with inclusive themes that cut across the Caribbean. In 1833, the abolition of slavery in the British Empire led to the import of exploited South Asian indentured workers in the Caribbean. Today India bears little relevance to most of these Caribbean Indians. Yet, Caribbean Indians have developed an in-between status, shaped by South Asian customs such as religion, music, folklore, migration, new identities, and Bollywood films. They do not seem akin to Indians in India, nor are they like Caribbean Creoles, or mixed-race Caribbeans. Instead, they have merged India and the Caribbean to produce a distinct, dynamic local entity. The book does not neglect the arrival of nonindentured Indians in the Caribbean since the early 1900s. These people came to the Caribbean without an indentured contract or after indentured emancipation but have formed significant communities in Barbados, the US Virgin Islands, and Jamaica. Drawing upon over twenty-five years of research in the Caribbean and North America, Roopnarine contributes a thorough analysis of the Indo-Caribbean, among the first to look at the entire Indian diaspora across the Caribbean.

Caribbean Transnationalism

Author: Ruben S. Gowricharn
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739113974
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Exploring the old and new forms of transnationalism stemming from the Caribbean, Caribbean Transnationalism challenges present concepts about diaspora, brings into perspective new forms of transnationalism, and offers new perspectives on social cohesion in plural societies. The novelty of this collection of essays by experts from a wide range of disciplines consists not only of the theoretical clarity it offers with regard to issues related to diaspora, transnationalism, and social cohesion, but also of the ample attention given to the intra-regional transnational communities and the discussion of ethnification for social cohesion. Caribbean Transnationalism calls into question traditional views held in the expanding fields of migration, transnationalism, and social cohesion, making this an important book for scholars and students interested in the study of the social sciences and Caribbean studies.

Caribbean Journeys

Author: Karen Fog Olwig
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822339946
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Caribbean Journeys is an in-depth ethnographic analysis of the cultural meanings of migration and home in three families of West Indian origin whose members are dispersed throughout the Caribbean, North America and Great Britain. Moving migration studies beyond its current focus on sending and receiving societies, Karen Fog Olwig makes migratory family networks the locus of her analysis. For the people whose lives she traces, being "West Indian" is not necessarily rooted in ongoing visits to their countries of origin, or in ethnic communities in the receiving countries, but rather in family narratives and the maintenance of family networks. The three families whose extended networks Olwig traces forward in time migrated more than sixty years ago. They left distinct West Indian islands and social, economic and cultural backgrounds. One family was part of the middle-class in a small British colonial town in Jamaica. Another had its roots in the French Creole rural communities in Dominica and the third family was from an African-Caribbean village of small farmers and fishermen on Nevis. Olwig interviewed approximately 150 family members living under highly varied social and economic circumstances in locations ranging from California to Leeds, Nova Scotia to Florida, and New Jersey to southern England. Through her conversations with several generations of these far-flung families, she gives insight into each family's educational, occupational, and socio-economic trajectories. Olwig contends that terms such as "Caribbean diaspora" wrongly assume a culturally homogeneous homeland. As she demonstrates in Caribbean Journeys, anthropologists who want a nuanced understanding of how migrants and their descendants perceive their origins and identities must focus on interpersonal relations rather than on collectivities and intimate spheres rather than public ones.

Hispanic Caribbean Literature Of Migration

Author: Vanessa Pérez Rosario
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230107893
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This collection explores the literary tradition of Caribbean Latino literature written in the U.S. beginning with José Martí and concluding with 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Junot Díaz. The contributors consider the way that spatial migration in literature serves as a metaphor for gender, sexuality, racial, identity, linguistic, and national migrations.

Radical Moves

Author: Lara Putnam
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 0807838136
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In the generations after emancipation, hundreds of thousands of African-descended working-class men and women left their homes in the British Caribbean to seek opportunity abroad: in the goldfields of Venezuela and the cane fields of Cuba, the canal construction in Panama, and the bustling city streets of Brooklyn. But in the 1920s and 1930s, racist nativism and a brutal cascade of antiblack immigration laws swept the hemisphere. Facing borders and barriers as never before, Afro-Caribbean migrants rethought allegiances of race, class, and empire. In Radical Moves, Lara Putnam takes readers from tin-roof tropical dancehalls to the elegant black-owned ballrooms of Jazz Age Harlem to trace the roots of the black-internationalist and anticolonial movements that would remake the twentieth century. From Trinidad to 136th Street, these were years of great dreams and righteous demands. Praying or "jazzing," writing letters to the editor or letters home, Caribbean men and women tried on new ideas about the collective. The popular culture of black internationalism they created--from Marcus Garvey's UNIA to "regge" dances, Rastafarianism, and Joe Louis's worldwide fandom--still echoes in the present.