Shepherd, Verene A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of History
Questioning creole: Domestic producers in Jamaica's plantation economy
Date of Publication
A shorter version appears in Questioning creole: Creolisation discourses in Caribbean culture edited by Verene A. Shepherd and Glen L. Richards. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2002. p.167-180
Seeks to engage with Brathwaite's vision of what he termed a 'Creole economy', that is the local production of goods and services traded internationally, and to participate in the debate over the existence of a colonial versus a Creole mentality, using the example of local producers seeking to provide some alternative to imports. Supports Long's and Brathwaite's view that Jamaican planter's commitment to external sources of estate inputs undermined local producers. Demonstrates that as far as the livestock industry was concerned, the commitment to the use of imported animals was less towards North America or even Britain and more towards the Spanish Caribbean.....