Decolonization in St. Lucia: Politics and Global Neoliberalism, 1945 2010

SKU: RYLB10153

A case study of how a Caribbean nation may achieve political but not economic independence Tennyson S. D. Joseph builds upon current research on the anticolonial and nationalist experience in the Caribbean.

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Tennyson S. D. Joseph explores the impact of global transformation upon the independent experience of St. Lucia and argues that the island’s formal decolonization roughly coincided with the period of the rise of global neoliberalism hegemony.

Consequently, the concept of “limited sovereignty” became the defining feature of St. Lucia’s understanding of the possibilities of independence. Central to the analysis is the tension between the role of the state as a facilitator of domestic aspirations on one hand and a facilitator of global capital on the other. Joseph examines six critical phases in the St. Lucian experience.