1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Applied Qualitative Research in the Caribbean

    328 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This cutting-edge book provides a comprehensive examination of applied qualitative research in the Caribbean. It highlights the methodological diversity of qualitative research by drawing on various approaches to the study of Caribbean society, addressing the lack of published qualitative research on the region.

    Featuring 17 chapters, the book covers five key areas, namely Overview and Introduction; Gender, Crime, and Violence; Gender and Intimate Partner Violence; Health, Management, and Public Policy; and Migration and Tourism. Throughout the course of the book, the chapters explore how different kinds of qualitative research can be used to inform public policy and help deal with a myriad of socioeconomic problems that affect Caribbean people. The book further uses distinct approaches to showcase a diverse selection of qualitative research methods, such as autoethnography, life history, narrative enquiry, participants’ observation, grounded theory, case study, and critical discourse.

    The book will be beneficial for students and scholars both from the Caribbean and internationally who are engaged in the conduct of qualitative empirical enquiry. It will further hold appeal to advanced undergraduate level classes and postgraduate students along with scholars in the fields of social sciences and education.


    Corin Bailey and Roy McCree

    1. Caribbean Qualitative Research in Historical Perspective: From Colonialism to Independence, 1953–2009

    Roy McCree

    Section 1: Gender, Crime, and Violence

    2. Telling the Right Story to Get the Right Law: Using Qualitative Frame Analysis to Get Better Rape Law

    Janeille Zorina Matthews

    3. An Analytic Autoethnography of Recidivism as a Key Performance Indicator in a Caribbean Context

    Dacia Leslie

    4. Narratives of Fear among Caribbean Men in University: A Qualitative Exploration of Fear of Crime Using the Free Association Narrative Method  

    Corin Bailey

    5. (Re)Producing Knowledge from the Margins: Feminist Standpoint Research Methodology with Caribbean Women and Girls

    Sheria Myrie & Oral Robinson

    Section 2: Gender and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

    6. Fathering for Cohesive Families and Safer Communities: A Qualitative Study of Jamaican Men and Masculinities

    Natasha Mortley

    7. Tracing Colonial Violence in Women-Loving Women’s Relations: Towards a Decolonial Approach 

    Preity Kumar

    8. Situating Risk and Responses: A Post-Structural Feminist Exploration of Intimate Partner Violence

    Talia Esnard, Nirmal Maraj, and Haymatee Jaleel

    Section 3: Health, Management, and Public Policy

    9. Using a Phenomenological Approach to Understand the Socioecological Factors Influencing Childhood Obesity in the Small Island Developing State of Barbados 

    Heather Harewood and Natalie Greaves

    10. Caribbean Internet Exchange Points and Policy Implementation: A Case Study of Curaçao and Grenada 

    Claire C. Craig, Roy McCree, and Arlene Bailey

    11. Deployment of Spirituality and Religion in Barbados During the Time of COVID-19 

    Latoya Lazarus

    12. Constructivist Grounded Theory: A Contemporary Lens for Caribbean Social Research 

    Balraj Kistow

    13. Constructing the Fat Female Body through Female Body, (Re)presentations in Soca Lyrics

    Keisha Samlal

    Section 4: Migration and Tourism

    14. "I Wasn’t Unusual, At All": An Oral History of Departure and Arrival to Windrush Britain 

    Treviene A. Harris

    15. Navigating Data "Silence(r)s": Researching Migration in the Caribbean 

    Shiva S. Mohan and Natalie Dietrich Jones

    16. Deskilling of Venezuelan Immigrants in Trinidad and Tobago

    Maria-José Flor-Ágreda

    17. The Forgotten Peoples?: A Qualitative Content Analysis of the Representation of the First Peoples in Trinidad and Tobago’s Destination Marketing 

    Leslie-Ann Jordan and Acolla Lewis-Cameron

    Discussion: Towards a Decolonial Perspective on Qualitative Research

    Latoya Lazarus & Natalie Dietrich-Jones


    Corin Bailey is a Professor of Sociology, Crime and Social inequality at the University of the West Indies (UWI). He is the Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Security, located at UWI, Regional Headquarters, Mona Campus, Jamaica.

    Roy McCree is a Senior Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.

    Latoya Lazarus is a Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

    Natalie Dietrich Jones is a Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.