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Beyond Sun And Sand: Caribbean Environmentalisms

Beyond Sun And Sand: Caribbean Environmentalisms

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"This original and innovative book presents the research findings and conceptualizations of an international group of talented scholars who explore the interrelationship between development, environmentalism, and social movements in the Caribbean. This book will be an important addition to the literature on the Caribbean in the world system that will be used in college classrooms and cited by scholars for its valuable contributions to the field."—Pedro CabA?n, author of Constructing a Colonial People: Puerto Rico and the United States 1898-1932 Filtered through the lens of the North American and European media, the Caribbean appears to be a series of idyllic landscapes—sanctuaries designed for sailing, diving, and basking in the sun on endless white sandy beaches. Conservation literature paints a similarly enticing portrait, describing the region as a habitat for endangered coral reefs and their denizens, parrots, butterflies, turtles, snails, and a myriad of plant species.

In both versions, the image of the exotic landscape overshadows the rich island cultures that are both linguistically and politically diverse, but trapped in a global economy that offers few options for development. Popular depictions also overlook the reality that the region is fraught with environmental problems, including water and air pollution, solid waste mismanagement, destruction of ecosystems, deforestation, and the transition from agriculture to ranching.

Bringing together ten essays by social scientists and activists, Beyond Sun and Sand provides the most comprehensive exploration to date of the range of environmental issues facing the region and the social movements that have developed to deal with them. The authors consider the role that global and regional political economies play in this process and provide valuable insight into Caribbean environmentalism. Many of the essays by prominent Caribbean analysts are made available for the first time in English.