Globalizing the Caribbean

Political Economy, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class

Jeb Sprague
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HC: $74.50
EAN: 978-1-4399-1654-4
Publication: Jul 19

Ebook: $74.50
EAN: 978-1-4399-1656-8
Publication: Jul 19

340 pages
6 x 9
12 tables, 36 figs., 3 maps

How global capitalism finds new ways to mutate and grow in the Caribbean


The beautiful Caribbean basin is fertile ground for a study of capitalism past and present. Transnational corporations move money and use labor around the region, as national regulations are reworked to promote conditions benefiting private capital. Globalizing the Caribbean offers a probing account of the region’s experience of economic globalization while considering gendered and racialized social relations under conditions of the exploitation of workers.

Jeb Sprague focuses on the social and material nature of this new era in the history of world capitalism. He combines an historical overview of capitalism in the region with theoretical analysis backed by case studies. Sprague elaborates upon the role of class formation, marginalization, and the restructuring of local states. He considers both U.S. hegemony, and how various upsurges from below and crises occur. He examines the globalization of the cruise ship and mining businesses, looks at the growth of migrant labor and reverse flow of remittances, and describes the evolving role of export processing and supranational associations. In doing so, Sprague shows how transnationally oriented elites have come to rule the Caribbean, and how capitalist globalization in the region occurs alongside shifting political, institutional, and organizational dynamics.

About the Author(s)

Jeb Sprague is a lecturer at the University of Virginia and formerly taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti, and the editor of Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania. He is a founding member of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC). Visit him online at: