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The Intellectual Under Neo-liberal Hegemony in the English-Speaking Caribbean

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This article examines the impact of neo-liberal global hegemony on
perspectives of the role of the intellectual in the English-Speaking
Caribbean. It focuses on how neo-liberalism has resulted in shifting the
notion of the politically engaged public intellectual to that of the marketdriven
“politically neutral” consultant. Specifically, the article interrogates
the question of the role of the Caribbean intellectual around three
contending perspectives: the “Platonic” view (which sees good

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The Rise of Income Inequality in Guyana

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Using a newly created dataset, this article demonstrates that income
inequality has increased in Guyana based on the Palma and P90/P10
ratios. It follows that the top 10% gained income share at the expense of the
poor and the powerless. However, the Gini coefficient shows a marginal
reduction of inequality, which represents gains for the middle class. The
article argues that privatization and high agricultural prices are the key
factors for the growth in the income share of the middle class. Indo-

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Begging as Reciprocity in Jamaican Urban Low-Income Communities

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In the anthropological literature on Jamaica, one can find scattered
references to thj2e incidence of begging in urban low-income communities.
However, few of these studies have sought to apprehend if begging among
the urban poor in Jamaica has a specific logic of its own. I suggest that
begging in Jamaican urban low-income communities should not be
confused with more conventional forms of begging, but is in fact a distinct
type of coping strategy of the poor. Begging in Jamaican urban low-income

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A “Transnational Middleman Minority” in the Eastern Caribbean? Constructing a Historical and Contemporary Framework of Analysis.

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First, we present a historical and contemporary profile of Chinese
immigration into the Latin American and Caribbean region in general and
the English-speaking Caribbean in particular, as a way of contextualizing
a subsequent focus on the Eastern Caribbean island sub-group. We set up
the historical and comparative context by providing a succinct
introduction to the historical Chinese presence in the LAC region and
briefly profiling their social class evolution in the case of Jamaica. Next, we

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McIntyre, Alister (2016). The Caribbean and the Wider World: Commentaries on My Life and Career. Kingston, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies Press, 270 pages.

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A Living Wage for Jamaica: Considerations for Calculation and Implementation

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Using the Jamaica poverty line data as its base, the authors develop a formula for calculating the living wage for Jamaica. Using the formula, as well as economic and fiscal data, the living wage is found to be 27% higher than the 2012 minimum wage. The feasibility of implementing a living wage and issues that will curtail implementation are discussed. We also provide a comparative analysis of living wage models in both developed and developing countries.

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Measuring the Efficiency of Public Sector Investment Management Systems—The Case of Antigua and Barbuda

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The institutional context within which public investment decisions are undertaken, and the quality of project selection, management, and implementation, determine the return on investments. This article uses a methodology established by Dabla-Norris et al. (2012) to examine and develop an index of public investment management for Antigua, and Barbuda, and provides recommendations for improving the efficiency of public investment management.
 

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Measuring the Evolution of Revealed Comparative Advantage in a Small Hydrocarbon-based Economy Using the Harmonic Mass Index

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Over the past 10 years Trinidad and Tobago has seen a shift in its trade structure due to increased energy exports and foreign investment in the energy sector. This article examines how changes in the trade structure of Trinidad and Tobago’s economy have impacted upon its revealed comparative advantage. This will be done by comparing the distributions of Trinidad and Tobago’s revealed comparative advantage structure.

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An Assessment of Housing Affordability in Trinidad & Tobago

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Delivery of affordable homes to potential homeowners remains a key theme of housing policies in Trinidad and Tobago, where affordability is the extent to which households can cover housing costs without imposing significant constraints on their living costs. In Trinidad and Tobago, house prices increased by as much as 108%, but salaries have not kept pace, thus having a negative impact on affordability. This study utilized the expenditure to income ratio approach to demonstrate the severity of the issue of the delivery of affordable homes to potential homeowners.

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Queering Feminist Approaches to Gender-based Violence in the Anglophone Caribbean

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Feminist scholarship on gender-based violence in the Caribbean has examined how relations of power account for women’s increased vulnerability. While such frameworks are useful, they run the risk of reproducing heteronormative theorising on gender-based violence, and fail to account for the multiple ways in which gender and sexuality are implicated in the violence experienced by diverse groups. This article examines the gendered and heterosexist production of violence in online Caribbean newspapers.

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