Globalization, Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Caribbean

Globalization, Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Caribbean

Edited by Hilbourne A. Watson

256 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9789766405502
  • Published: October 2015


The contributors to Globalization, Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Caribbean variously address topics and issues of colonial and postcolonial citizenship, identity and belonging; sovereignty and the body politic and unresolved class and other contradictions of the Haitian Revolution, Commonwealth Caribbean societies, Cuba, and the non-independent territories of Puerto Rico and the Netherlands Antilles, the French Antilles, and the Cayman Islands. There are degrees of emphasis on the contradictory relationship between globalization and national processes, with attention to class, state, nation, gender, racialization, culture, migrant labour and other political concerns. Other topics include ways in which the United States, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands influence conceptions of state security and governance and how cultural and ideological commitments to democracy and sovereignty reinforce certain sovereignty myths and contribute to the assertion that globalization represents a threat to sovereignty, democracy and freedom in the Caribbean. The deepening of the integration of the entire Caribbean into the contradictory processes of globalization suggests that sovereignty, democracy, citizenship, belonging and identity as experienced in the region are best theorized as unfinished (open-ended) projects. “The project does offer something that I haven’t yet seen: a radical political economy of citizenship and belonging with the Caribbean as ‘space’ from which to challenge much conventional thinking about sovereignty and citizenship. . . . The authors combine local knowledge based on previous research and obvious personal familiarity with in most cases sophisticated discussions of citizenship and sovereignty. . . . What is novel about this volume is its combination of an overall political-economic approach with an open emphasis on social-cultural questions of sovereignty and identity. This is unusual and welcome.” —John Agnew, Distinguished Professor of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, United States