Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond


Jack Webb
Roderick Westmaas
Maria del Pilar Kaladeen
William Tantam


migration, policy, activism, colonialism, decolonisation


In recent years, academics, policy makers and media outlets have increasingly recognised the importance of Caribbean migrations and migrants to the histories and cultures of countries across the Northern Atlantic.

Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation furthers our understanding of the lives of many of these migrants, and the contexts through which they lived and continue to live. In particular, it focuses on the relationship between Caribbean migrants and processes of decolonisation. The chapters in this book range across disciplines and time periods to present a vibrant understanding of the ever-changing interactions between Caribbean peoples and colonialism as they migrated within and between colonial contexts.

At the heart of this book are the voices of Caribbean migrants themselves, whose critical reflections on their experiences of migration and decolonisation are interwoven with the essays of academics and activists.


  • Prologue
    Roderick Westmaas
  • Introduction
    Jack Webb, Roderick Westmaas, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, William Tantam
  • 1. Loving and leaving the new Jamaica: reckoning with the 1960s
    Matthew J. Smith
  • 2. Why did we come?
    B. M. Nobrega
  • 3. History to heritage: an assessment of Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, the Bahamas
    Kelly Delancy
  • 4. ‘While nuff ah right and rahbit; we write and arrange’: deejay lyricism and the transcendental use of the voice in alternative public spaces in the UK
    William 'Lez' Henry
  • 5. Journeying through the ‘motherland’
    Peter Ramrayka
  • 6. De Zie Contre Menti Kaba – when two eyes meet the lie ends: A Caribbean meditation on decolonising academic methodologies
    Nadine King Chambers
  • 7. Organising for the Caribbean
    Anne Braithwaite
  • 8. The consular Caribbean: Consuls as agents of colonialism and decolonisation in the revolutionary Caribbean
    Simeon Simeonov
  • 9. To ‘stay where you are’ as a decolonial gesture: Glissant’s philosophy of Antillean space in the context of Césaire and Fanon
    Miguel Gualdrón Ramírez
  • 10. Finding the Anancyesque in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and the decolonisation project in Jamaica from 1938 to the present
    Ruth Minott Egglestone
  • 11. Maybe one day I'll go home
    Roderick Westmaas


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