Saturday, April 30, 2016

Jamaica Journal, (various)

Jamaica Journal, Quarterly of the Institute of Jamaica, (various issues).

Vol. 4, No. 4 - available online.

Vol. 5, Nos. 2-3 - available online.

Vol. 5, No. 4 - available online.

Vol. 6, No. 1 - available online.

Vol. 11, Nos. 3-4 - available online.

The Jamaica Journal is an academic journal published by the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica. It publishes scholarly articles on the history, natural history, art, literature, music, and culture of Jamaica.

Independence for Grenada – Myth or Reality?

Institute of International Relations, Independence for Grenada – Myth or Reality?, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago: Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, 1974.

Foreword & Introduction by Selwyn Ryan.

PART ONE: Grenada – A Social and Political Profile:
Social Stratification in Grenada, by Beverly Steele.
Commentary by Susan Craig.
The Movement Towards Grenadian Independence, by Richard Jacobs.
Commentary by Anthony Maingot.
Commentary by Archie Singham.
Grenadian Independence in the Context of the New Imperialism, by Archie Singham.
The Decolonization of Grenada in the U.N., by Basil Ince.
Commentary by Vaughan Lewis.
The Scope to Monetary and Financial Independence, by Nugent Miller.
Commentary by Anthony Gonzales.

PART TWO: Independence – Legal and Political Aspects:
The Meaning of Political Independence in the Commonwealth Caribbean, by Bernard Coard.
Commentary by Carl Parris.
Fundamental Human Rights, the Courts and the Independent West Indian Constitutions, by Chuks Okpaluba.
Commentary by Telford Georges.

PART THREE: Role of Agriculture in the Economic Development of Grenada:
The Potential for Increasing Agricultural Production in Grenada, by Theodore Ferguson.
Economic Aspects of Food Production in Grenada, by Curtis McIntosh and T.O. Osuji.
Market Prospects for Grenada’s Major Export Crops, by Winston Phillips.
Agro-Industries – Prospects for Grenada, by George Sammy.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bibliografía Actual del Caribe, Vol. 21

Biblioteca Regional del Caribe, Bibliografía Actual del Caribe, Vol. 21, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico: Biblioteca Regional del Caribe, Centro Norte-Sur, 1973.

Departamento de Estado de Puerto Rico:
Centro Norte-Sur para el Intercambio Técnico y Cultural. ||Transferencia al Departamento de Estado de los objetivos, derechos y poderes del Centro, véase las notas bajo las anteriores secs. 67 a 67h de este título.
Cap. 5 PODER EJECUTIVO T.3 § 54 Biblioteca Regional del Caribe ||Transferencia a la Universidad de Puerto Rico de las funciones relacionadas con la Biblioteca Regional del Caribe, y retención por el Departamento de Estado del carácter de agente del fideicomiso de la Biblioteca, véase la nota bajo la sec. 603 del Título 18.

Los orígenes de la Biblioteca Regional del Caribe se remontan a 1946, cuando se estableció la Comisión del Caribe. La biblioteca de dicho organismo se transfirió en fideicomiso al gobierno de Puerto Rico en 1965. Desde 1975 está localizada en el Recinto de Río Piedras. Incluye recursos informativos en los cuatro idiomas principales del Caribe: español, inglés, francés y holandés.

The Rastafarians: A Study in Messianic Cultism in Jamaica

Barrett, Leonard E., The Rastafarians: a study in messianic cultism in Jamaica, Rio Piedras: Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, 1963.

Reviewed in Caribbean Studies © 1970.

Preview of update available at Questia.

From the author’s “acknowledgements”:
This monograph is based on a Ph.D. dissertation submitted to Temple University in 1967, the research for which was undertaken with the encouragement of Dr. Bernard Phillips, Chairman of the Department of Religion at Temple University, who, throughout the project showed great interest, giving valuable advice for which the author is grateful. The counsel and guidance of Dr. William Schwab, Professor of Anthropology, also of Temple University, were of great assistance in carrying out the study. Valuable suggestions were also received from Professors George E. Simpson of Oberlin College, M.G. Smith of the University of Southern California, and Sidney Mintz of Yale University, all of whom have done research in Jamaican culture.

Religious Cults of the Caribbean: Trinidad, Jamaica and Haiti

Simpson, George Eaton, Religious Cults of the Caribbean: Trinidad, Jamaica and Haiti, Rio Piedras: Institute of Caribbean Studies, 1980.

From the Preface:
"The Shango Cult in Trinidad" was published by the Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, in 1965. In re-publishing it in 1970, eleven papers were included on the religious cults in the Caribbean which have been investigated by the author. These groups include Vodun in Haiti, Revival Zion and Ras Tafari in Jamaica, and Shango and the Shouters in Trinidad. Two papers have been added in the second revised edition of “Religious Cults of the Caribbean: Trinidad, Jamaica and Haiti” – ‘Afro-American Religions and Religious Behavior’ and ‘The Kele (Chango) Cult in St. Lucia.’ I regard my research in the Caribbean as a part of the Afro-American studies started by Professor Herskovits. Brief introductory statements precede each section of this work, but the original publications are reproduced here without change. The Bibliography includes titles on Caribbean religions not dealt with in this volume, especially Candomble, Macoumba, Xango, and the spiritualism of Umbanda in Brazil, Santeria in Cuba, Convince in Jamaica, Shakers in St. Vincent, and Spiritualism in Puerto Rico.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Puerto Rico: Update of Selected Information Contained in a 1981 GAO Report

United States General Accounting Office, Puerto Rico: Update of Selected Information Contained in a 1981 GAO Report, (GAO/HRD-89-104FS), August 1989

Available online.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a government agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for the United States Congress. It is the supreme audit institution of the federal government of the United States.

Bibliografía Venezolana (Instituto Autónomo Biblioteca Nacional y de Servicios de Bibliotecas) Vol. IX, Tomos I & II; Vol. X, Tomos I & II

Bibliografía Venezolana, Vol. IX, Tomos I & II, Caracas: Instituto Autónomo Biblioteca Nacional y de Servicios de Bibliotecas, 1989.

Bibliografía Venezolana, Vol. X, Tomos I & II, Caracas: Instituto Autónomo Biblioteca Nacional y de Servicios de Bibliotecas, 1990.

Del Inicio:
La bibliografía nacional representa para el país la memoria impresa más completa de su producción documental. El registro bibliográfico en forma regular y sistemática de todos los materiales que se producen en o sobre el país constituye una función ineludible del Estado venezolano, responsable de preservar esos materiales y de mantener los controles que faciliten su ubicación y utilización por parte de la comunidad nacional e internacional. El cumplimiento de esa función ha sido asignado al Instituto Autónomo Biblioteca Nacional.
Características de la presente compilación: Incluye todos los materiales bibliográficos venezolanos y venezolanistas, entendiéndose por estos materiales los siguientes:
-Los materiales de autores venezolanos residentes en el país y el exterior.
-Los materiales publicados en el país.
-Los materiales sobre el país producidos por autores extranjeros residentes en el extranjero.
Esta publicación se aparta de las características tradicionales de tales compilaciones debido al sistema acumulativo de computación utilizado. Los trabajos aparecen en secuencia cronológica y cada ficha está identificada por el año de impresión y el número consecutivo que le ha sido asignado. Estos dos elementos constituyen el Número de Bibliografía Nacional. Los índices de autores, títulos y materiales están organizados alfabéticamente y cada uno de los ítems allí indizados llevan indicados el Número de Bibliografía Nacional donde aparece el registro completo.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

From Colonialism to Cooperative Republic: Aspects of Political Development in Guyana

Lutchman, Harold Alexander, From Colonialism to Cooperative Republic: Aspects of Political Development in Guyana, Rio Piedras: Institute of Caribbean Studies, 1974.

From the Preface:
…an attempt is made to describe and analyse the movement relating to the Co-operative Republic, and some of the problems which evolved, and seem likely to evolve not only for Guyana but for her counterparts of the Commonwealth Caribbean. To a great extent the parts of the study dealing with the period up to 1931 are based on the author’s Ph.D. thesis done at the University of Manchester entitled “Middle Class Colonial Politics: A Study of Guyana with Special Reference to the Period 1920 – 1931.” However, in addition to revisions in the thesis material the author has expanded the work so that developments to Independence in 1966, and during the first decade thereafter, are reflected.

The Family in the Caribbean: Proceedings of the First Conference on the Family in the Caribbean

Gerber, Stanford N., Ed., The Family in the Caribbean: Proceedings of the First Conference on the Family in the Caribbean, Rio Piedras: Institute of Caribbean Studies, 1968.

From the Preface:
The proceedings in this volume were selected from papers presented at the Conference on the Family in the Caribbean which was held at the College of the Virgin Islands from March 21, 1968, through March 23, 1968. The conference was undertaken with several objectives in mind: First it was hoped that Caribbean scholars might build upon the pioneering field work of M. G. Smith, M. Herskovits and others and offer new and fresh insights into the Caribbean family. Second, it was hoped that through a series of seminars, new problems and approaches into the study of the Caribbean family would be forthcoming. The conference was purposely structured to bring out the widest possible range of topics, instead of focusing upon one particular problem or set of problems. The rationale for this approach was to attempt to bring out neglected areas of research and to allow for “cross-stimulation” of the various scholarly disciplines. In regard to this aspect, papers were presented dealing with anthropological, sociological, economic, historical and psychological aspects of the Caribbean family.

Der Karibische Raum: Selbstbestimmung und Aussenabhängigkeit

Grenz, Wolfgang & Martina Rauls, Der Karibische Raum: Selbstbestimmung und Aussenabhängigkeit, Hamburg: Institut für Iberoamerika-Kunde, Dokumentations-Leitstelle Lateinamerika, 1980.

The Caribbean area: self-determination and external dependence:
The aim of this documentation is to outline the possibilities and limits of self-determination in the heterogeneous world of Caribbean island states and dependent territories. Its objective is less to analyse the situation than, primarily, to provide a structured collection of material as an incentive to further research. It is an attempt to convey a Caribbean viewpoint, always bearing in mind that the Caribbean area is, by way of a deliberate fiction, regarded as a regional unit in terms of geographical, socio-historical and political significance. Basic data, bibliography, documents and statistics are intended to serve this purpose. So, of course, are the essays.

The essays probe three instances of current problems facing the region. In an introductory essay, G. Sandner provides an overview of the historical changes in significance of the terms Antilles, West Indies and Caribbean and explains why the term Caribbean area, the characterstics of which include complex internal structures and variety, has been given preference. After dealing with the various demarcation theories, illustrated with maps, he reaches an important intermediate conclusion in quoting Manigat's "Tell me what is your definition of the Caribbean and I will tell you where you are politically situated". He goes on to the problem of where the region stands and, using a term coined by A. Kolb, defines the Caribbean as a cultural continent on a par with Latin America or Anglo America. A final section deals with the Caribbean as a maritime complex, goes into the importance of the Law of the Sea debate and maps out practical proposals on potential claims to territorial waters, including 200-mile economic zones.

The second essay deals, in a review of subject literature, with the problem of external dependence and regional integration from the viewpoint of Caribbean social scientists. Von Saurma outlines recent trends in the English-speaking areas towards independent cultural and political activity. These trends form the basis of a new approach to research of his own. Marshalling an abundance of individual examples he deals in three sections with social and economic structural issues and political problems, especially the relationship between trade union movements and political parties that is typical of newly independent Caribbean states.

The essay by M. Rauls examines the Caribbean are's relationship with Africa, a topic that has assumed increasing importance both in the various national political contexts of the island states and in recent scientific analysis. It too reviews subject literature, under three headings relating to internal Caribbean problems:the continuity of African cultural traditions, the desire for racial equality and the quest for national identity. A final section goes into Cuba's relations with Africa in terms of international solidarity.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Ambassador and the Dictator: The Braden Mission to Argentina and Its Significance for United States Relations with Latin America (separata)

McGann, Thomas F., The Ambassador and the Dictator: The Braden Mission to Argentina and Its Significance for United States Relations with Latin America, reprinted from The Centennial Review, Vol. VI, No.3, Summer 1962.

Available online.

Spruille Braden (March 13, 1894 – January 10, 1978) was an American diplomat, businessman, lobbyist, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as the ambassador of various Latin American countries, and as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He is notable for his interventionist activities and his prominent role in several coups d'état.
Beginning in 1948, Braden was a paid lobbyist for the United Fruit Company. When the company's interests were threatened in Guatemala by President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, Braden helped to conceive and execute the 1954 coup d'état that overthrew him. In his first act as newly ignaugurated President of Nicaragua on May 1, 1967, Anastasio Somoza Debayle conferred Nicaragua's highest decoration, the Grand Cross of Ruben Dario, on Ambassador Spruille Braden and his wife Verbena for their "unstinting efforts in the cause of freedom in all of Latin America".

The Role of Women in Caribbean Development

Cuthbert, Marlene, Ed., The Role of Women in Caribbean Development, Study paper # 6, Bridgetown, Barbados: Caribbean Ecumenical Consultation for Development, 1971.

Foreword by Robert Cuthbert
Rationale, by Marlene Cuthbert
Tribute to Betty John
The Church in Caribbean Development, by Robert Cuthbert
Economic Development & the Caribbean Woman, by Carmen McFarlane
Education for Development, by Wesley Powell
Social Development & the Caribbean Woman, by Nita Barrow
Summary of Forum on Ecumenical Co-operation
The Church & the Caribbean Woman – Panel
Workshops: (A) Development & the Caribbean Woman; (B) Inter-faith Relations
Area Groups
Resolutions & Recommendations

Education for Development in the Caribbean

Edwards, P. A., Education for Development in the Caribbean, Study paper # 3, Bridgetown, Barbados: Caribbean Ecumenical Consultation for Development, 1971.

From the Introduction:
”If only the churches would relinquish all their control over education in the West Indies we would get somewhere.” These are the words of a prominent Trinidadian politician and they have been spoken with slightly differing grammar and syntax by many a bureaucrat since formal mass education began in the West Indies in 1838. “Politicians have used the education system as a political football which has been kicked so often that it is worn out, almost deflated and horribly misshapen.” So said and English church official on a recent visit to the West Indies…
It is the contention of this paper that this dichotomy in approach and intention between church and state and among various Christian denominations has been at the core of the rather chaotic evolution of West Indian education.

Politics and the Caribbean Church: A Confession of Guilt

Goodridge, Sehon, Politics and the Caribbean Church: A Confession of Guilt, Study paper # 2, Bridgetown, Barbados: Caribbean Ecumenical Consultation for Development, 1971.

From the Introduction:
This paper is primarily designed to raise questions rather than to provide a replete coverage of the topics covered. As a working paper for the Caribbean Ecumenical Consultation for Development, it has been deliberately designed to survey the issues of church and politics in as thought-provoking a manner as possible.