The dawn of the twenty-first century is an opportune time for the people of the Caribbean to take stock of the entire experience of the past forty years since the ending of direct colonialism. The authors believe it is now time to chart our future by carefully learning the lessons of the recent past. This interdisciplinary collection is the first to cross traditionally restrictive disciplinary barriers to address the tough questions that face the Caribbean today. What went wrong with the nationalist project? What, if any, are the realistic options for a more prosperous Caribbean? What are to be the roles of race, gender and class in a more global, less national world? Meeks and Lindahl include thought-provoking articles from twenty-one respected thinkers in diverse fields of study. The groundbreaking articles include critiques of existing bodies of thought, reformulations of general theoretical approaches, policy-oriented alternatives for future development, and more. This book is a must for statesmen, academics and students of political theory, social theory, Caribbean studies, comparative gender studies, post-colonial studies, Marxism and Caribbean history and anyone interested
Brian Meeks is Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and was chair of the department from 2015-2021. He was Professor of Social and Political Change and Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona until 2015. He has taught political theory, comparative politics, Caribbean political thought and African American politics at Michigan State University, Florida International University, Anton de Kom University in Suriname and the University of the West Indies, Mona. He has been Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Latin American Studies at Cambridge University, Visiting Scholar at Brown University and Visiting Tinker Scholar at Stanford University. He has authored or edited twelve books and many articles on Caribbean politics and political theory. Among them are Caribbean Revolutions and Revolutionary Theory: An Assessment of Cuba, Nicaragua and Grenada; Narratives of Resistance: Jamaica, Trinidad, the Caribbean; New Caribbean Thought: a Reader; Envisioning Caribbean Futures: Jamaican Perspectives, Culture, Politics, Race and Diaspora: The Thought of Stuart Hall; The Thought of New World: the Quest for Decolonisation, M.G. Smith: Social Theory and Anthropology in the Caribbean and Beyond and Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory. His novel, Paint the Town Red, was published in 2003. His volume of poetry, The Coup Clock Clicks was published in 2018. Other poems have appeared in various anthologies including the seminal Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse. His new book in the Pluto Press Black Critique series - After the Postcolonial Caribbean: Memory, Imagination, Hope - will be published in 2022.