The first full length inter-disciplinary book to be published on this subject in English, it examines the relationship between politics and society in all three of France's overseas departments in the Caribbean. It has contributions on other salient features of French West Indian society and culture: class and ethnicity, the position of women, relations with Europe, with other Caribbean countries and with the French West Indian community in France. In addition there are also chapters on French West Indian literature and the principal theories of identity in the region, Negritude, Antillanite and Creolite. Among the contributors are French West Indian, British and Jamaican scholars.
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In 1946, after more than three hundred years as French colonies, Martinique, Guadaloupe, and French Guiana were transformed into 'overseas departments' of France, equal and identical in theory to any other French department. This book assess the effects of almost half a century of political assimilation into France and asks to what extent the high standard of living enjoyed by French West Indians today has been offset by losses on the political, cultural, and psychological levels.About the Author:
Richard D.E. Burton teaches French in the School of African and Asian Studies at Sussex University. He is the author of the forthcoming Famille, ideologie et pouvoir a la Martinique 1789-1992. He has also written extensively on nineteenth-century French literature and has published two books on Baudelaire. Fred Reno teaches political science at the Universite de Rennes II. Of Martinician origin, he is director of the research laboratory Territoires et Pouvoir Local. He has published widely on West Indian politics and institutions and has written a thesis comparing constitutional developments in Martinique and Barbados.
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Book Description Macmillan Caribbean. Book Condition: Acceptable. Used - Acceptable. Sticker on cover. Crack in binding. Ex-library with wear - may contain significant amounts of highlighting and underlining in pen or pencil. Bookseller Inventory # Z1-H-006-01426
Book Description Macmillan Caribbean, 1995. Book Condition: Poor. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. Library sticker on front cover., 350grams, ISBN:9780333566022. Bookseller Inventory # 6843872