From CBI to ACS

Some cultural dimensions

Book Cover: From CBI to ACS

Relates economic integration with intraregional cultural links and argues that the weakness of the latter are an obstacle to further economic integration. Is optimistic that the long-term prospects by the ACS will be in the area of culture and not of economics. Bases this optimism on the fact the Caribbean is the geographic centre of the Americas.

Book Chapter in US-Caribbean relations: Their impact on peoples and culture.

Abstract

Challenging the traditional focus on economic development, this book emphasizes the importance of cultural development in any development strategy. It examines the interaction of the American and Caribbean populations and the influence that interaction has had on their perceptions of each other and of themselves. Although trade is an important component of U.S.-Caribbean relations, the book underscores that population movements and their attendant cultural influences are powerful factors in those relations.

While trade, population movements, and security considerations have traditionally been the three main components of U.S.-Caribbean relations, the chapters in this contributed book emphasize the importance of a fourth—culture. U.S.-Caribbean relations influence and are influenced by Caribbean perceptions of themselves and of the United States; perceptions that are being transformed by American telecommunications, the movements of American tourists to the Caribbean and of Caribbean immigrants to America. Out of these interactions, a new Caribbean cultural identity is emerging, one that will influence the traditional relationship between the U.S. and the Caribbean.

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