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Caribbean Contours

(edited by Sidney W. Mintz and Sally Price)

Stretching from the Bahamas in the north to the Guianas on the South American mainland, the societies of the Caribbean have been shaped over time by the contributions of many peoples -- the region's original Amerindian inhabitants, colonists from Spain, England, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark, men and women from hundreds of African societies who were imported as slaves, and the contract laborers who were later brought from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. In Caribbean Contourseight leading scholars in the humanities and the social sciences survey the history, politics, economics, demography, and culture of the Caribbean to provide an authoritative yet accessible introduction to this complex and geographically fragmented region.

From a United States perspective, the people of the Caribbean are at once familiar and foreign -- an everyday presence in the lives of many urban Americans on the one hand, representatives of exotic worlds for millions of American tourists on the other. This volume is intended to provide some of the essential facts underlying both the unity and diversity of Caribbean societies, and thus to contribute to an understanding of the region's increasing importance in the modern world.

—Introduction (by Sidney W. Mintz and Sally Price)
—A Political Profile of the Caribbean (by Carl Stone)
—"Race" and Color in the Caribbean (by H. Hoetink)
—Sugar in the Caribbean (by G.B. Hagelberg)
—From Plantations to Peasantries in the Caribbean (by Sidney W. Mintz)
—A Linguistic Perspective on the Caribbean (by Mervyn Alleyne)
—The Caribbean as a Musical Region (by Kenneth M. Bilby)
—The Contemporary Caribbean: A General Overview (by Gordon K. Lewis)