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Latin American Perspectives On Migration In The Atlantic World

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The populations and social systems of the Caribbean basin have been shaped by each of the great global migrations of the modern era. Some sought to abstract the lessons that the science of racial difference held for Caribbean peoples; others aimed to use Caribbean examples to push debates within the international science of race. This chapter discusses those learned and political debates over race-mixture alongside the traces of actual boundary crossing sexual contact preserved in judicial testimony, allowing us to observe the everyday interactions through which expressions of intimate desire sometimes underlined, sometimes undermined, group boundaries in the Greater Caribbean. Expansion of U.S. investment meant not a radical shift but the addition of weighty new players to a long-established game in which overseas capital underwrote dense populations of coerced workers and intensive production.

Keywords:boundary crossing sexual contact; Caribbean; migrations; U.S. investment



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