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Race, Ideology, and the Decline of Caribbean Marxism$
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Anthony P. Maingot

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061061

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061061.001.0001

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Transcending Race

Transcending Race

Self-Interest and Self-Determination in the Non-Independent Territories

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(p.225) 10 Transcending Race
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Race, Ideology, and the Decline of Caribbean Marxism
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Anthony P. Maingot

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061061.003.0010

Bucking the trend in much of the region where both race and ideology made political independence a necessity, many British, Dutch and French areas decided not to seek independence. (Dutch Suriname was an exception.) The French granted Overseas Departmental Status to their territories in 1946; the Dutch began a process of establishing autonomy within the Dutch Kingdom; and the British left it up to their territories to choose the nature of their association with the United Kingdom. All these non-independent territories now enjoy a much higher standard of living than the independent territories in the region: transfer funds from France; profitable offshore businesses in the British territories; and combinations of tourism and transfer funds in the Dutch territories. In a process which has been termed “upside-down decolonization,” these non-independent territories have developed strong insular identities and firm ideas of what their relations with the metropolis should be.

Keywords:   independence, autonomy, insular identity, “upside-down decolonization”, non-independent territories, transfer funds, offshore business

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