Caribbean Circuits: New Directions in the Study of Caribbean Migration
Edited by Patricia R. Pessar
Caribbean Circuits is inspired by the adage that “the essence of Caribbean life has always been movement.” Drawing upon research in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, and the United States, the volume’s contributors present innovative ways of re-conceptualizing and studying Caribbean emigration and return. The authors recommend an approach that affirms the transnational identities, processes, and structures that constitute Caribbean migration at the time of writing. Their accounts are enriched by an appreciation of the ways in which these identities and processes are inflected by differences of class, race, gender, generation, and locality. Finally in exploring the crucial link between Caribbean migration and economic development the contributors emphasize the social embeddedness of individual migrants’ economic actions.