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Title: The New Caribbean Complexity: mobility systems, tourism and the re-scaling of development
Authors: Sheller, Mimi
Keywords: mobilities;tourism;offshore economies;neoliberalization;citizenship
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Sheller, M. ‘The New Caribbean Complexity: mobility systems, tourism and the re-scaling of development’, The Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Vol. 30 (2009) pp. 189-203
Abstract: The Caribbean region is being respatialized, rescaled and reterritorialized in the face of contemporary processes of neoliberal development, shifting mobilities and spatial restructuring. Drawing on the field of mobilities research, this paper argues that new trans-regional approaches to spatial dynamics are needed to describe the complex, polymorphic, and multiscalar geographies in the neoliberalizing Caribbean. It first analyzes how new spatializations of Caribbean mobilities are part of larger transnational processes of urban restructuring. It then examines how neoliberalizing policies have promoted the ‘opening’ of once publicly owned infrastructures such as ports, airports, and telecommunications, contributing to a rescaling of Caribbean territoriality. Finally it considers how tourism mobilities associated with the cruise ship industry and private luxury property developments facilitate inter-locality competition and outside access to the region while circumscribing local access and mobility rights. The paper proposes a postcolonializing island studies that recognizes the complexity of contemporary Caribbean rescaling and the subtle ways in which modernized built environments and infrastructures of mobility and connectivity contribute to the weakening of island-state sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic citizenship.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3551
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