Employing critical analysis of Caribbean intellectual thought and of the postcolonial political economy, this book proposes a manifesto for the future. It suggests a form of participatory reorganization without, necessarily, dismantling the fundamentals of formal democratic organization.
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.
"The book is a manifesto for dealing with the crisis of globalization in the postcolony through reorganization of the system, structure and processes of governance and through the reformulation of economic organization toward forms of economic democracy...There is much to engage with in Meeks's book, which is just what superlative scholarship is all about."
"This new book, from one of the region's leading thinkers in social and political thought, breaks new ground in critical analysis and prescription. Meeks...points to the shortcomings of the current neo-liberal economic model and proposes for a new paradigm of development that is democratic, inclusive and empowering of the majority of the population. Deserves to be widely read and debated."