Women & Change in the Caribbean: A Pan-Caribbean Perspective

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Indiana University Press, 1993 - Social Science - 308 pages
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Recent discussion of postmodern culture describes a movement from center to periphery, privileging cultures that were formerly marginalized. Women and Change in the Caribbean, a study of women marginalized by both gender and race in a region such as the Caribbean -- itself marginalized in global terms -- attempts to extract insights relevant both within and beyond geographical confines.

This volume offers a feminist interpretation of a multicultural society emerging from colonialism and in the process of change and restructuring. The nineteen chapters include case studies of fifteen different Caribbean territories including Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Grenada, and Guyana. The book is divided into two sections: the first looks at women's status and gender relations in the private and public spheres; the second looks at women's economic activity. Taking a broad pan-Caribbean comparative view contributors discuss territories with American, British, Dutch, Danish, French, and Spanish colonial traditions and current political links.

The contributors come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including agriculture, anthropology, economics, geography, history, sociology, and women's studies.


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Changing roles in the life cycles of women in traditional West Indian nouseyards
merging domains and womens roles in Barbuda Dominica
The Intersection of Reproduction Production
The development role of womens political organizations in Guyana
Neighbourhood networks national politics among workingclass AfroSurinamese women
Nevisian women at home abroad
Parti Rural Employment
A profile of Grenadian women small farmers
Women Cuban smallholder agriculture in transition
Development gender divisions of labour in the rural Eastern Caribbean
Gender ethnicity at work in a Trinidadian factory
Womens contribution to tourism in Negril Jamaica

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About the author (1993)

JANET MOMSEN is Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She is chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies and of the International Geographical Union Study Group on Gender and Geography. She is co-author of A Geography of Brazilian Development, co-editor of Geography and Gender in the Third World and of Land and Development in the Caribbean, and author of Women and Development in the Third World.

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