The White Minority in the Caribbean

The White Minority in the Caribbean

By Howard Johnson; Karl Watson
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Book Description

The emergence of nationalist movements and the increase in black consciousness in the Caribbean have for many years diverted historical scholarship away from the white elite to the recording of the experiences of the black and coloured populations. The White Minority in the Caribbean reverses this trend by focusing on the strategies adopted by the white community to shape and dominate the social and economic environment in a region which is predominantly non-white. The unifying perspective of the essays in this volume is that in spite of changing relationships with other races in the Caribbean, the white minority has maintained its elite position by uniting its constituent ethnic and social groups whenever its dominance has been challenged. Other strategies included cementing links to political power and maintaining access to domestic and foreign capital. This discussion is not limited to the Anglophone Caribbean; a discussion of the French and Dutch territories is included in this comprehensive analysis.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • White Women and A West India Fortune:Gender and Wealth during Slavery
  • Salmagundis vs Pumpkins: White Politics and Creole Consciousness in Barbadian Slave Society, 1800–34
  • The White Elite of Trinidad, 1838-1950
  • Bay Street, Black Power and the Conchy Joes: Race and Class in theColony and Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 1850-2000
  • The Culture of the Colonial Elites of Nineteenth-Century Guyana
  • The White Minority in Jamaica at the end of the Nineteenth Century
  • In the Name of the People: Populist Ideology and Expatriate Power in Belize
  • Ethnicity and Social Change in Curaçao
  • Notes on Contributors
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