Caribbean Labor and Politics: Legacies of Cheddi Jagan and Michael Manley

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Having more in common than their deaths on the same day in 1997, the late Cheddi Jagan of Guyana and Michael Manley of Jamaica both represented a radical perspective in modern Caribbean politics. Jagan and Manley each had a bold and creative ability to connect labor and politics and made it their priority to minimize poverty and inequality and to enhance the welfare of the Caribbean’s disadvantaged and dispossessed. Caribbean Labor and Politics looks closely at the legacies of Jagan and Manley and their ramifications for the political and economic struggles of the Caribbean region and the world.

This edited volume brings together a variety of studies on the lives, works, and intellectual and practical contributions of these two stalwart political leaders. The chapters focus primarily on Jagan’s and Manley’s years as heads of state of their respective countries and also encapsulate their pre-political years—mainly their growing-up experiences and their organizational work in the labor movement. The core contributions of these men are characterized in terms of their pivotal struggles towards the realization of what we term the "working class project."


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Legacies of Cheddi Jagan
The Making of a Movement Intellectual
Michael Manley Trade Unionism and the Politics of Equality
Colonialism Political Policing and the Jagan Years
The Transformation
Globalization Economic Fallout and the Crisis of Organized
Contributions of Cheddi Jagan and Michael Manley
Global Economic Crisis and Caribbean Womens Survival
Challenges in LocalGlobal
The Role of Emigration in the Caribbean Development
Selected Bibliography

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About the author (2004)

Perry Mars is professor of Africana studies at Wayne State University and author of Ideology and Change: The Transformation of the Caribbean Left (Wayne State University Press, 1998).

Alma H. Young is Coleman A. Young professor of urban affairs at Wayne State University and co-editor of Gendering the City: Women, Boundaries, and Visions of Urban Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).

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