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Author Reyes-Santos, Alaí, author

Title Our Caribbean kin : race and nation in the Neoliberal Antilles / Alaí Reyes-Santos
Published New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 224 pages) : illustrations
Series Critical Caribbean studies
Critical Caribbean studies.
Contents Cover; Series; Title; Copyright ; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Chapter 1 The Emancipated Sons: Nineteenth- Century Transcolonial Kinship Narratives in the Antilles; Chapter 2 Wife, Food, and a Bed of His Own: Marriage, Family, and Nationalist Kinship in the 1930s; Chapter 3 Like Family: (Un)recognized Siblings and the Haitian- Dominican Family; Chapter 4 Family Secrets: Brotherhood, Passing, and the Dominican- Puerto Rican Family; Notes; References; Index ; About the author
Summary "Beset by the forces of European colonialism, US imperialism, and neoliberalism, the people of the Antilles have had good reasons to band together politically and economically, yet not all Dominicans, Haitians, and Puerto Ricans have heeded the calls for collective action. So what has determined whether Antillean solidarity movements fail or succeed? In this comprehensive new study, Alai Reyes-Santos argues that the crucial factor has been the extent to which Dominicans, Haitians, and Puerto Ricans imagine each other as kin. Our Caribbean Kin considers three key moments in the region's history: the nineteenth century, when the Antillanismo movement sought to throw off the yoke of colonial occupation; the 1930s, at the height of the region's struggles with US imperialism; and the past thirty years, as neoliberal economic and social policies have encroached upon the islands. At each moment, the book demonstrates, specific tropes of brotherhood, marriage, and lineage have been mobilized to construct political kinship among Antilleans, while racist and xenophobic discourses have made it difficult for them to imagine themselves as part of one big family. Recognizing the wide array of contexts in which Antilleans learn to affirm or deny kinship, Reyes-Santos draws from a vast archive of media, including everything from canonical novels to political tracts, historical newspapers to online forums, sociological texts to local jokes. Along the way, she uncovers the conflicts, secrets, and internal hierarchies that characterize kin relations among Antilleans, but she also discovers how they have used notions of kinship to create cohesion across differences"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-220) and index
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Subject Antilleans -- Ethnic identity.
Antilleans -- Race identity.
West Indies -- Ethnic relations.
West Indies -- History -- 20th century.
West Indies -- History -- 21st century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813572010 (e-book (epub))
0813572029 (electronic bk.)
9780813572017 (e-book (epub))
9780813572024 (electronic bk.)