Throughout the world, policy makers argue that they develop and implement policies to benefit all members of their society. Marginalized Groups in the Caribbean argues that the policies introduced by several governments in the Caribbean lead to the exclusion of groups within these societies. Using both research and interviews, the authors explore how certain groups are excluded from the policy-making process and do not have a voice. The groups highlighted in this book include criminal deportees, women, children, first peoples, refugees, and victims of floods. The three authors in this book are experts in separate disciplines: policy making, social work, as well as gender and development. They bring their respective experiences to bear in their arguments, showing many sides to the exclusionary effects of laws and promoting strategies for change.
Ann Marie Bissessar is professor at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus.
Cheryl-Ann Sarita Boodram is lecturer and practicum coordinator at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus.
Daniele Bobb is lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus.
Table of Contents
Section One- The Governance Problematic
Chapter One - A Structural Exploration of the Invisibility and Exclusion of Marginalized Populations- Cheryl Ann Sarita Boodram
Chapter Two - Caribbean Political Leadership and Policy Development- Daniele Bobb
Chapter Three - The Rhetoric of Governance: Institutional Racism and “Bullying’ in Guyana- Ann Marie Bissessar
Section Two- Invisibility
Chapter Four - Emerging from the Margins: The First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago- Ann Marie Bissessar
Chapter Five - Criminal Deportees: The Dilemma of Reintegrating this group in a Small Island State- Ann Marie Bissessar
Chapter Six - Living in the Shadows: Deported Men in Trinidad and Tobago- Cheryl Ann Sarita Boodram
Chapter Seven - Repeated Flooding: The experiences of families in vulnerable communities in Trinidad and Tobago -Cheryl Ann Sarita Boodram
Section Three - Women and Children
Chapter Eight - Movement of Caribbean People: Voices of CARICOM Mothers-Daniele Bobb
Chapter Nine - Caribbean Women and the State: Legal, Regulatory and Policy Considerations- Daniele Bobb
Chapter Ten - The Child as the ‘Ideal Neo-Liberal Citizen’: Perspectives from Caribbean Mothers- Daniele Bobb
Chapter Eleven - Exploring the experiences of female Venezuelan migrants in Trinidad and Tobago -Cheryl Ann Sarita Boodram
This timely manuscript, focused on vulnerable populations in the CARICOM region, has much broader, international appeal. Multi-disciplinary in nature, the issue of marginalization is moving up political agendas across the globe and is now a topic worthy of both scholarly investigation and of greater relevance to policy makers and practitioners. I commend the editor and authors for this valuable and useful manuscript.
This welcome volume explores governmental policies in the English-speaking Caribbean with special attention to structural inequalities. The authors, all scholars from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, meticulously underscore how the needs of marginalized, vulnerable populations have been excluded in policy decisions. The volume is multidisciplinary in scope: Bissessar focuses on public policy, Boodram presents her findings from the perspective of social work, and Bobb looks at gender inequality. The three authors did not collaborate; each chapter is solely the work of its author. Individual chapters address problems of first peoples, deportees, women and children, and flood victims. All 11 chapters will prove extremely useful to researchers, service providers, and policy makers. Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.