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Post-Colonial Trajectories in the Caribbean

The Three Guianas, 1st Edition

Edited by Rosemarijn Hoefte, Matthew L. Bishop, Peter Clegg


190 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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This book compares and contrasts the contemporary development experience of neighbouring, geographically similar countries with an analogous history of exploitation but by three different European colonisers. Studying the so-called ‘Three Guianas’ (Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana) offers a unique opportunity to look for similarities and differences in their contemporary patterns of development, particularly as they grapple with new and complex shifts in the regional, hemispheric and global context. Shaped decisively by their respective historical experiences, Guyana, in tandem with the laissez-faire approach of Britain toward its Caribbean colonies, was decolonised relatively early, in 1966, and has maintained a significant degree of distance from London. The hold of The Hague over Suriname, however, endured well after independence in 1975. French Guiana, by contrast, was decolonised much sooner than both of its neighbours, in 1946, but this was through full integration, thus cementing its place within the political economy and administrative structures of France itself. Traditionally isolated from the Caribbean, the wider Latin American continent and from each other, today, a range of similar issues – such as migration, resource extraction, infrastructure development and energy security – are coming to bear on their societies and provoking deep and complex changes.

Table of Contents


Rosemarijn Hoefte, Matthew L. Bishop and Peter Clegg

1. Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Conflicts in Guyana

Kate Quinn

2. Democracy and Political Culture in Suriname

Hans Ramsoedh

3. The Dichotomy of Universalism and Particularism in French Guiana

Fred Réno and Bernard Phipps

4. Politics and Ethnicity in the Guianas

Steve Garner

5. Migrations in the Guianas: Evolution, Similarities and Differences

Simona Vezzoli

6. Small-scale Gold Mining in the Guianas: Mobility and Policy Across National Borders

Marjo de Theije

7. Migrants, Money and Might: The Image of China in the Guianas

Paul B. Tjon Sie Fat, Ranu Abhelakh and Edward Troon

8. Infrastructure and Regional Development of the Guianas

Pitou van Dijck

9. Untapped: The Energy Potential of the Guianas

Anthony T. Bryan

Conclusion: Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana in a Changing World

Rosemarijn Hoefte, Matthew L. Bishop and Peter Clegg

About the Editors

Rosemarijn Hoefte is Senior Researcher at KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Matthew L. Bishop is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Peter Clegg is Head of Department, Health and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Politics at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

About the Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series
The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series presents innovative analyses of a range of novel regional relations and institutions. Going beyond established, formal, interstate economic organizations, this essential series provides informed interdisciplinary and international research and debate about myriad heterogeneous intermediate-level interactions. Reflective of its cosmopolitan and creative orientation, this series is developed by an international editorial team of established and emerging scholars in both the South and North. It reinforces ongoing networks of analysts in both academia and think-tanks as well as international agencies concerned with micro-, meso- and macro-level regionalisms.

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