Our Caribbean Kin: Race and Nation in the Neoliberal by Alaí Reyes-Santos

By Alaí Reyes-Santos

Beset by way of the forces of eu colonialism, US imperialism, and neoliberalism, the folks of the Antilles have had reliable purposes to band jointly politically and economically, but no longer all Dominicans, Haitians, and Puerto Ricans have heeded the demands collective motion. So what has made up our minds no matter if Antillean team spirit pursuits fail or prevail? during this complete new examine, Alaí Reyes-Santos argues that the the most important issue has been the level to which Dominicans, Haitians, and Puerto Ricans think one another as kin. 

Our Caribbean Kin considers 3 key moments within the region’s heritage: the 19th century, while the antillanismo stream sought to throw off the yoke of colonial career; the Thirties, on the peak of the region’s struggles with US imperialism; and the prior thirty years, as neoliberal fiscal and social guidelines have encroached upon the islands. At each one second, the booklet demonstrates, particular tropes of brotherhood, marriage, and lineage were mobilized to build political kinship between Antilleans, whereas racist and xenophobic discourses have made it tricky for them to visualize themselves as a part of one titanic family. 
Recognizing the big variety of contexts within which Antilleans discover ways to verify or deny kinship, Reyes-Santos attracts from an unlimited archive of media, together with every little thing from canonical novels to political tracts, historic newspapers to on-line boards, sociological texts to neighborhood jokes. alongside the way in which, she uncovers the conflicts, secrets and techniques, and inner hierarchies that signify relatives relatives between Antilleans, yet she additionally discovers how they've got used notions of kinship to create team spirit throughout differences.

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