Caribbean Transnational Experience examines today's vibrant and creative trans-Atlantic Caribbean community. Harry Goulbourne advances three central arguments: first, the concepts of Diaspora and of Caribbean Diaspora are problematic; second, the African Diaspora and its variant Caribbean Diaspora are integral parts of the wider Atlantic world making it disingenuous to speak of the West and the rest where Caribbeans in the Atlantic are concerned. Third, Goulbourne insists that meaningful discussions about these aspects of the modern world must be empirically validated while being theoretically informed. Unlike much cultural and literary studies, Caribbean Transnational Experience makes a plea for verifiable evidence to inform academic and popular discussions about the exciting experiences of Caribbeans across the Atlantic. Chapters explore questions of definition and theory, the common Atlantic heritage and fate, social and economic contexts of Caribbean transnationality, Africa, the USA and the Caribbean in popular discourses in Britain, transnationality of families and the propensity for Caribbean-born and their offspring to return to the Caribbean from the mother country.
Caribbean Transnational Experience concludes with a speculative discussion about possible future directions of what is increasingly being described as the Caribbean Diaspora.
Harry Goulbourne is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Race & Ethnicity Research Centre, South Bank University, London. He has published numerous books, including Race Relations in Britain since 1945 (Palgrave, 1998), Race & Ethnicity (ed) 4 vols (Routledge, 2001) and with M. Chamberlain (eds) Caribbean Families in Britain and the Trans-Atlantic World (Palgrave, 2001).
List of Tables Preface & Acknowledgements 1. Questions of theory, definition, purpose 2 .A common trans-Atlantic heritage 3 Contemporary social and political dimensions of British-Caribbean transnationality 4. Africa and the Caribbean in Caribbean consciousness and action in Britain 5. Black America in Caribbean public discourse in Britain: Uncle Tom, Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis 6. Having a voice: Caribbean publishers and diasporic communication References Index