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.