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Caribbean Maritime Labour and the Politicisation of In/security

Featherstone, David (2016) Caribbean Maritime Labour and the Politicisation of In/security. Working Paper. University of Birmingham. (Unpublished)



In his essay ‘The Politics of Power and Violence: Rethinking the political in the Caribbean’ Anthony Bogues contends that thinking of ‘power as a field of force’ which ‘exists in other ways than in conventional state forms’ can be productive in understanding ‘geographical spaces of violence and death’ and ‘re-mapping sovereignty’ (Bogues, 2007: 198-199). He argues that doing so forces the rethinking of ‘the relationship between violence and power’, cracks ‘open homogeneous conceptions about subaltern counter-hegemonic practices’ and allows us ‘to interrogate the nation state in its postcolony iteration while thinking differently about the meaning of the political and sovereignty’.

This working paper contributes to these debates about the relations between the political and questions of in/security with a particular focus on the spaces through which subaltern counter-hegemonic practices have been shaped and articulated. It develops these problematics through discussion of struggles over the terms on which maritime labour organisers from the Caribbean contested the ‘white labourism’ of the National Union of Seamen in British ports in the 1930s.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Number of Pages:7
Department:School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Date:14 September 2016
Series/Collection Name:Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC) Working Papers Series
Keywords:Caribbean Studies, Caribbean in/securities, Caribbean Creativity, Caribbean History
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
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Funders:The Leverhulme Trust
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Copyright Holders:Dr David Featherstone, University of Birmingham
ID Code:2224

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