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Beyond Sun and Sand
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Filtered through the lens of the North American and European media, the Caribbean appears to be a series of idyllic landscapes-sanctuaries designed for sailing, diving, and basking in the sun on endless white sandy beaches. Conservation literature paints a similarly enticing portrait, describing the region as a habitat for endangered coral reefs and their denizens, parrots, butterflies, turtles, snails, and a myriad of plant species.

In both versions, the image of the exotic landscape overshadows the rich island cultures that are both linguistically and politically diverse, but trapped in a global economy that offers few options for development. Popular depictions also overlook the reality that the region is fraught with environmental problems, including water and air pollution, solid waste mismanagement, destruction of ecosystems, deforestation, and the transition from agriculture to ranching.

Bringing together ten essays by social scientists and activists, Beyond Sun and Sand provides the most comprehensive exploration to date of the range of environmental issues facing the region and the social movements that have developed to deal with them. The authors consider the role that global and regional political economies play in this process and provide valuable insight into Caribbean environmentalism. Many of the essays by prominent Caribbean analysts are made available for the first time in English.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Part I Issues and Movements
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter 1. The Political Ecology of Paradise
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. Chapter 2. Environmental Movements in the Caribbean
  2. pp. 17-32
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  1. Part II The Political Ecology of Sun and Sand
  2. pp. 33-34
  1. Chapter 3. Paradise Sold, Paradise Lost: Jamaica’s Environment and Culture in the Tourism Marketplace
  2. pp. 35-43
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  1. Chapter 4. Historical Contentions and Future Trends in the Coastal Zones: The Environmental Movement in Puerto Rico
  2. pp. 44-64
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  1. Chapter 5. The Struggle for Sustainable Tourism in Martinique
  2. pp. 65-72
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  1. Part III Behind the Beach: Productive Landscapes and Environmental Change
  2. pp. 73-74
  1. Chapter 6. Puerto Rico: Economic and Environmental Overview
  2. pp. 75-85
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  1. Chapter 7. Seeking Agricultural Sustainability: Cuban and Dominican Strategies
  2. pp. 86-108
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  1. Chapter 8. “Ni Una Bomba Mas”: Reframing the Vieques Struggle
  2. pp. 109-128
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  1. Part IV Risky Environments and the Caribbean Diaspora
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. Chapter 9. Environmental Justice for Puerto Ricans in the Northeast: A Participant-Observer’s Assessment
  2. pp. 131-139
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  1. Chapter 10. Environmental Risk and Childhood Disease in an Urban Working-Class Caribbean Neighborhood
  2. pp. 140-157
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  1. Conclusion: Toward a Creole Environmentalism
  2. pp. 158-170
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  1. References
  2. pp. 171-190
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 195-210
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