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New Caribbean Studies

Caribbean Military Encounters

Editors: Puri, Shalini, Putnam, Lara (Eds.)

  • One of the first volumes to consider how people on the ground experienced militarization in the Caribbean
  • Analyses the role of the military from an interdisciplinary perspective, across multiple historical periods
  • Looks at the Caribbean both from a regional and international perspective
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About this book

This book provides a much-needed study of the lived experience of militarization in the Caribbean from 1914 to the present. It offers an alternative to policy and security studies by drawing on the perspectives of literary and cultural studies, history, anthropology, ethnography, music, and visual art. Rather than opposing or defending militarization per se, this book focuses attention on how Caribbean people negotiate militarization in their everyday lives. The volume explores topics such as the US occupation of Haiti; British West Indians in World War I; the British naval invasion of Anguilla; military bases including Chaguaramas, Vieques and Guantánamo; the militarization of the police; sex work and the military; drug wars and surveillance; calypso commentaries; private security armies; and border patrol operations. 

About the authors

Shalini Puri is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She is the author of The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory and the award-winning The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post-Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity.  She has edited the volumes The Legacies of Caribbean Radical Politics, Marginal Migrations: The Circulation of Cultures within the Caribbean, and with Debra Castillo, Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities: Methods, Reflections, and Approaches to the Global South.
Lara Putnam is Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.  She is the author of Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age, The Company They Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica, 1870-1960, and more than twenty journal articles and book chapters exploring labor migration, state racism, and the ways family and intimacy shape and are shaped by large-scale political and economic change. 

Reviews

“Encounters with armed force—whether from the traditional imperial states, the regional hegemonic power after 1898, the USA, or local postcolonial police and military—have been a constant in the history of the Greater Caribbean. This original and interesting collection of essays explores some of these encounters in novel ways and from the perspective of the region’s people themselves.” (Bridget Brereton, Emerita Professor of History, University of the West Indies St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago)

“Moving beyond the focus on security that demonstrates the necessity or outrage of military interventions, this multidisciplinary and genuinely regional volume suggests that all of the various kinds of military encounter can be found across the region's imperial boundaries, showing us patterns of violence and power that are usually occluded by a focus on a single language area. The longstanding engagement of the region's people with the militarization that has been continuous with the story of the Caribbean's modernity is explored with rich attentiveness to intimacy, silence, and the quotidian, as occupiers and insurgents' intentions converge on the same sites.” (Faith Smith, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies and English, Brandeis University, USA)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction: Subjects of Militarization

    Putnam, Lara (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • The Haitian Military as a Family Affair

    Kivland, Chelsey

    Pages 23-37

  • British West Indian Memories of World War One: From Militarized Citizenship to Conscientious Objection

    Smith, Richard

    Pages 39-47

  • Writing War and Empire: Poetry, Patriotism, and Public Claims-Making in the British Caribbean

    Goldthree, Reena N.

    Pages 49-69

  • Occupied Thoroughfares: Haitian Women, Public Space, and the United States Occupation, 1915–1924

    Johnson, Grace L. Sanders

    Pages 71-83

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58014-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59058-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Caribbean Military Encounters
Editors
  • Shalini Puri
  • Lara Putnam
Series Title
New Caribbean Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58014-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58014-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59058-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 364
Number of Illustrations and Tables
33 b/w illustrations
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