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Recharting the Caribbean: Land, Law, and Citizenship in the British Virgin Islands

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If, as many cultural critics have asserted, the world is becoming more like the Caribbean, then the task of charting what we mean by "the Caribbean" is an urgent one. This careful study of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) calls attention to the ways in which ideas about nature and choice have come to justify a social order in which half the population is deemed not to belong and is denied legal rights.

The BVI, one of Britain's few remaining colonial possessions, has become an important destination point for Caribbean migrants and a center for international financial services. Bill Maurer traces how the BVI came to be defined, legally and popularly, as a territorial entity, and how BVIslanders came to define themselves as a "people" sharing a "culture." He argues that law has been central to the construction of ethnic, racial, and cultural differences that create boundaries between peoples and places and that facilitate the exploitation of labor, the exclusion of people from the political process, and the globalization of capital.

Recharting the Caribbean will be important reading for anthropologist, legal scholars, and historians of colonial discourse.

Bill Maurer is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Irvine.

Synopsis:

Weaves a story of statecraft and law making, of power and the construction of identity

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-294) and index.

Table of Contents

The rise of class, race, and party : making differences, 1890-1949 — The muting of distinction and the making of the "BVIslander", 1950-1990 — Stereotypes and the immigrant problem — Race, place, and citizenship — Immigrants between legislated and chosen identities — Making family, making genealogy : one hundred years of family land — The Cadastral survey : a modern reordering of the territory — Making history for the nation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472086931
Author:
Maurer, Bill
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Author:
l (William) M.
Author:
Maurer, Bil
Author:
Maurer, Bill (William) M.
Location:
Ann Arbor :
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
International
Subject:
Real property
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Emigration and immigration law
Subject:
British Virgin Islands
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
General Law
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Law : General
Edition Description:
Paper Text
Series Volume:
106-222
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 photographs, 3 maps
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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