Caribbean Migration: Globalized Identities by Mary Chamberlain

By Mary Chamberlain

This anthology represents very important and unique instructions within the examine of Caribbean migration. It takes a comparative viewpoint at the Caribbean people's migratory reports to North the United States, Europe, and in the Caribbean. utilizing a multi-disciplinary procedure, the booklet discusses: * the motives of migration * the reviews of migrants * the ancient, cultural and political tactics * problems with gender and imperialism * the technique of migration reviews, together with oral background.

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The frontiers of the region are beyond the Caribbean—in the consciousness of Caribbean people to be sure, but also in their social conduct, migration patterns and achievements in their places of settlement and sojourn. Caribbean migration 32 NOTES This chapter is an edited version of Cohen 1997:127–53. 1 For a discussion of these terms see Cohen (1997). 2 For further information, see DeWind et al. (1979) and Palmer (1990). Foner (1979, 1985) and Sutton and Makiesky (1975) produced pioneering work comparing the fates and fortunes of Afro-Caribbean people in the USA and Britain.

Peach, Ceri (1968) West Indian Migration to Britain: A Social Geography, London: Oxford University Press. ——(1995) ‘Trends in levels of Caribbean segregation, Great Britain, 1961–91’, paper presented at a Conference on Comparative History of Migration within the Caribbean and to Europe, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 22–4 September. Phillips, Caryl (1993) Crossing the River, London: Picador. Sanadjian, Manuchehr (1996) ‘An anthology of “the people”, place, space and “home”: (re)constructing the Lur in south-western Iran’, Social Identities 2(1):5–36.

Lodged in a state of limbo or liminality (Turner 1969; Al-Rasheed 1993:91–2), they would experience a crisis of meaning, where institutions, values and norms dissolve and collapse. Their communitas would be reduced to a parody of the old ways and would be incapable of reconstituting itself in the new setting. CARIBBEAN PEOPLES AS A CULTURAL DIASPORA Despite the different destinations and experiences of Caribbean peoples abroad, they remain an exemplary case of a cultural diaspora. This arises first from their common history of forcible dispersion through the slave trade—still shared by virtually all people of African descent, despite their subsequent liberation, settlement and citizenship in the various countries of the New World.

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