By Mimi Sheller
From sugar to indentured labourers, tobacco to reggae track, Europe and North the United States were relentlessly eating the Caribbean and its resources for the previous years. during this attention-grabbing publication, Mimi Sheller explores this frustrating background, investigating the complicated mobilities of manufacturers and shoppers, of fabric and cultural commodities, including:
- foodstuffs and stimulants - sugar, fruit, espresso and rum
- human our bodies - slaves, indentured labourers and repair workers
- cultural and information items - texts, song, clinical collections and ethnology
- entire 'natures' and landscapes ate up by means of travelers as tropical paradise.
Consuming the Caribbean demonstrates how colonial exploitation of the Caribbean led on to modern sorts of intake of the quarter and its items. It calls into query blameless indulgence within the pleasures of inconsiderate intake and demands a world ethics of buyer responsibility.
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Extra resources for Consuming the Caribbean: From Arawaks to Zombies (International Library of Sociology)
Following Greenblatt] a representational machine is a set of mechanisms, processes, and apparatuses that produce and circulate representations constitutive of cultural diﬀerence. . g. travel narratives, geographic handbooks, photograph albums, and ethnographic exhibits). These representational practices constituted the stuﬀ of empire as much as the activities of North Americans in the economic, military, or diplomatic ﬁelds. (Salvatore 1998: 71–3) This culturally rich understanding of imperial encounters informs the approach taken in this book, wherein I will also focus on the production and circulation of textual and visual representations of the Caribbean as crucial parts of the colonising project.
2000). The visual displacement and forgetting of not only Africa, but also Barbados’s generally poorer neighbours is matched by the erasure of the colonial past and the silencing of workers in the ‘new global economy’ – out of sight, out of mind. The text states that in the ‘information-driven economy . . ’ Presumably inﬂuenced by David Harvey’s notion of time-space compression (Harvey 1989), they assert optimistically that ‘The world is getting smaller . . 15 Just as the story of Sloane and the Chelsea Physic Garden suggested an erasure of Caribbean connections, so too does Barbados’s eﬀort to reconstitute itself as a centre of the information economy depend on its ability to silence the colonial past and disavow its Caribbean connections.
Mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries: colonial/industrial system of ‘free labour’ and capitalist plantation commodity consumption in which workers began to migrate in search of wages and metropolitan dwellers began to travel in search of exotic pleasures, while the United States exer- The binding mobilities of consumption 4 23 cised increasing military occupation in the region. Usually associated with the period of ‘empire’ and ‘imperialism’. Late twentieth century to today: ‘postindustrial’ and ‘postcolonial’ service consumption in which fragments of industrial processes (‘oﬀ-shore’ export zones) occur in the Caribbean alongside new forms of service work (including high-tech and ﬁnancial services as well as tourism).