Negotiating Caribbean Freedom

Negotiating Caribbean Freedom : Peasants and The State in Development

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Michaeline A. Crichlow extends the contemporary critique of development projects by examining the political and discursive relationship of the state to the land-based working people, or 'smallholders,' in modern Jamaica. The first book of its kind, Negotiating Caribbean Freedom does for Jamaican historiography and sociology what Akhil Gupta's PostColonial Developments did for studies of India. Michaeline A. Crichlow gives us an incredibly nuanced discussion of how development dominates the lives of the subsistance peasantry, not through force, but through the instrumentalization of social relationships that were once ends in themselves. For example, what were once effective agricultural practices-embedded in the every day lives of smallholders all over the island-have, in the interest of serving international captial, been bureaucratized to the point that they are untenable to support the livelihoods of smallholders.
Not content to measure the success or failure of development to deliver on its promises, she discloses both the continuities and differences between development projects of very different political regimes and helps to establish why smallholders support development projects even when those projects fail to address their needs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 273 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 24mm | 439.99g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739110373
  • 9780739110379

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Development's Agrarian Culture Chapter 2 A Plantation Political Context: Of Peasants, State and Capital 1838-1938 Chapter 3 Forging Nationals out of Rural Working Peoples Chapter 4 In the Name of the "Small Man": "Heavy Manners" and the Creation of New Subjectivities Chapter 5 Maneuvers of an Embattled State: Neoliberal Privatization and the Reconstitution of New Rural Subjects Chapter 6 Inseparable Autonomies: Of State Spaces and People Spaces Chapter 7 Epilogue: Re-making the State and Citizen: The Specter of Formal Exclusions
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Review quote

This book remains an invaluable tool for readers interested in learning about the precise chronology of development interventions in agriculture by the Jamaican state. -- Christine Chivallon New West Indian Guide
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About Michaeline A. Crichlow

Michaeline A. Crichlow is Associate Professor of Historical Sociology, African American World Studies, and Director at the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program, University of Iowa, Iowa City.
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