The first comprehensive general bibliography on the Caribbean since the 1977 publication of Lambros Comitas' Complete Caribbeana. Goslinga's work provides a balanced and representative overview of the bibliographic output on and about the region from Bermuda to Trinidad as well as Belize, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. It details materials in the social sciences and humanities in English, Spanish, French, and Dutch. The 3,600 entries are divided into historical materials listed chronologically, reference materials listed according to format, and contemporary works arranged by subject area. With maps and author, title, and geographical indexes
This book develops a theory of a Caribbean-Atlantic imaginary by exploring the ways two colonial texts represent the consciousnesses of Amerindians, Africans, and Europeans at two crucial points marking respectively the origins and demise of slavocratic systems in the West Indies. Focusing on Richard Ligona (TM)s History of Barbados (1657) and Matthew a Monka (TM) Lewisa (TM) Journal of a West India Proprietor (1834), the study identifies specific myths and belief systems surrounding sugar and obeah as each of these came to stand for concepts of order and counterorder, and to figure the material and symbolic power of masters and slaves respectively. Rooting the imaginary in indigenous Caribbean myths, the study adopts the pre-Columbian origins of the imaginary ascribed by Wilson Harris to a cross cultural bridge or arc, and derives the mythic origins for the centrality of sugar in the imaginarya (TM)s constitution from Kamau Brathwaite. The booka (TM)s central organizing principle is an oppositional one, grounded on the order/counterorder binary model of the imaginary formulated by the philosopher-social theorist Cornelius Castoriadis. The study breaks new ground by reading Ligona (TM)s History and Lewisa (TM) Journal through the lens of the slavesa (TM) imaginaries of hidden knowledge. By redefining Lewisa (TM) subjectivity through his poema (TM)s most potent counterordering symbol, the demon-king, this book advances recent scholarly interest in Jamaicaa (TM)s legendary Three Fingered Jack.
It has long been believed that the most effective way to immobilise organised criminal activity lies in blocking the channels that allow illegally-obtained assets to enter the economic mainstream. Yet even as international law enforcement cooperation in this vital endeavour becomes ever more focused, the bewildering domain of criminal money laundering techniques remains elusive. The "gross national product" of international crime still exceeds that of many nations.
The special value of this new book is to be seen in its close conjunction of what we know of laundering channels and methods on the one hand and existing legal regimes (both preventive and reactive) on the other. Although major victories on the side of law and order are not numerous so far, the author clearly demonstrates that progress is being made in certain areas and that the overall thrust of international law and cooperation in the field is growing stronger. She goes on to identify a number of linkages between criminal necessities and potential legal measures that are likely to bear fruit.
Among the central problems considered and elucidated are the following:
The book's focus is on the Caribbean-and particularly on the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, and Jamaica-to keep the discussion within manageable bounds. This specialisation permits a close comparison of the way local laws interact with international and extraterritorial measures designed to intercept illegal money "on the way to the laundry". It is the author's belief that the insights gained by this in-depth comparison will shed light on the paths to be followed by law enforcement agents and judicial tribunals as they pursue their goal of stemming the flow of laundered illegal money into the world's economies.