The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 36, Issue 2

Article 3
Gender, Education and Political Volitions of Barbadians: Perceptions Toward Regional Integration with Special Reference to the Barbado-OECS Initiative

Cynthia Barrow-Giles
Joan Cuffie


Drawing on the findings from an opinion poll conducted between November 1998 and June 1999, this study examines the impact of gender and education on the extent of the support of Barbadians for closer collaboration and unity between Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Generally, while the study found that at the macro level Barbadians across the gender divide were similarly located with respect to the tested variables, important micro-level differences existed. We argue that methodologically depending solely on macro-level analysis merely serves to obscure important gender differences. The examination of micro-level data therefore enabled us to observe the extent to which males and females did, in fact, constitute a cohesive group in terms of their attitudes.