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Chameleon

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Connecting Africa to the Caribbean through vibrant, sensuous descriptions, this collection of stories follows a young white girl who is plunged into a puzzling awareness of the complexities of race relations. Whether trying to understand her parents, their Muslim servant’s sense of the sacred, or the incomprehensible prohibitions of a colonial childhood, the maturing girl struggles to rectify the constant tension between the sense of separateness and the desire to belong. Told in a touching, first-person voice, this collection of elegant and poignant stories captures the anima of Africa and the Caribbean.
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1845230418
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Chattel House Blues

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The remaking of colonial Barbados as a postmodern nation state has its political roots buried deep within the past. In Chattel House Blues, Hilary Beckles sets out to rewrite modern Barbadian history by centring the evolution of the nation in centuries of grassroots struggle. Democracy in Barbados, he argues, as a social, political and cultural reality, has its origins principally within working class demands for freedom, justice and equality and not as a bestowal upon the masses by elites at moments of imperial and colonial enlightenment. In the second volume of his trilogy, Great House Rules: Landless Emancipation and Workers' Protest in Barbados 1838-1938, Prof. Beckles convincingly shows that for the first one hundred years after emancipation, an unbroken chain of resistance, protest and agitation for democratic governance, resulted in a decisive breach in the walls of the structures of white supremacy culminating in the Clement Payne Movement and the Riots of 1937. Black workers and their middle class allies secured Universal Adult Suffrage in 1950 and finally politically independence in 1966, ending the 'Great House Rule' that had begun three hundred years earlier. This process he further argues, reached maturity in 1994 when Owen Arthur, a young man from the chattel house in the plantation tenantry became prime minister. Independence and nationhood, though critical markers in the journey towards social justice and equity d not mean an end to the struggle. The politically enfranchised workers have since risen to an appreciation of their economic rights and the issue of popular economic democracy is now seen as the next step I civil rights development that Barbadians must confront. Chattel House Blues connects current political thinking with the historical process. In producing this work of historical literature that emphasises a people-centred culture of change and transformation, Prof. Beckles' thesis is challenging if not controversial and is bound to result in widespread debate among Barbadians at home and in the diaspora.

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9766370869
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Confronting Slavery: Breaking Through the Corridors of Silence

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The study deals with aspects of the experiences of Black peoples in Africa, Europe and the Americas that resulted from the transatlantic slave trade and slavery. The study looks specifically at the way in which Africans were acquired from work in the Americas, the Middle Passage or transit across the Atlantic Ocean, the conditions under which they labored in their new environments, the brutalities that they suffered at the cruel hands of their enslavers, the material and social culture that they developed under the very extreme conditions in which they lived, their struggles for freedom, and their attempts to lift themselves up by their own bootstraps after slavery was abolished as a legal institution.

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9789768219756
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Frontiers of the Caribbean

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In this innovative and engaging book, Caribbean poet and scholar Philip Nanton explores the idea of the frontier - a concept most commonly associated with the colonial past but revived by Nanton as an essential analytical tool in interpreting the postcolonial present, with particular relevance to the Caribbean region.

Nanton takes the notion of the frontier beyond a physical boundary to suggest that it is a site of balance between civilisation and wilderness, the former overdetermined and the latter almost lost in postcolonial discourse. For Nanton, the two exist in a state of symbiosis: wilderness is necessarily implicated in any discussion of civilisation. He sees the frontier as a moral landscape where the two notions meet and clash, at rural and urban, collective and individual and national and international levels.

Nanton illuminates the enduring importance of the frontier by focusing his attention on the little-studied multi-island state of St Vincent and the Grenadines. He examines how it is defined and imagined in the balance between an imposed civilised order and an untameable wild that is forever encroaching. He discerns frontier traits in the adventurous coastal wanderings of the fisherman, sailor and sea-port smuggler, the hill-wandering woodcutter, the urban dame-school teacher and the mountainside ganja-grower, noting the continuing metaphorical power within Caribbean society of the figure of the pioneer.

But the frontier has historically been and remains a global production. Expanding his focus, Nanton investigates how contemporary processes of globalisation have shaped the region and how they connect to the shifting relationship of civilisation and wilderness - noting in particular the search for the exotic and the remnant wild by international tourism.

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9781526113733
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Imagining and Other Poems

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9789768253026
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UWI: A Photographic Journey

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9768123583
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Visualizing Slavery: Images and Texts (hard cover)

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9789766211776
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Visualizing Slavery: Images and Texts (paper back)

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9789766211783
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