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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day$
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Eva Sansavior and Richard Scholar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381519

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.001.0001

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Globalizing Caribbean Mobilities, Caribbeanizing Global Mobilities

(p.189) 8 Aluminium
Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day

Mimi Sheller

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the history of Caribbean bauxite mining and its relation to global aluminium production in the twentieth century in order to envision alternative ways of thinking about and empirically researching globalization in the Americas. Drawing on critical mobilities research, it proposes a transnational and transhuman Caribbean studies and argues that the modern Atlantic world was built upon sugar consumption in the age of slavery. It also considers the material culture and political economy of aluminium as they relate to Caribbean globalizations. Finally, it highlights the political struggles that have taken place in the Caribbean in the face of environmental injustice and human rights violations associated with global industrial modernization.

Keywords:   bauxite, mining, aluminium, globalization, Americas, Caribbean studies, material culture, political economy, Caribbean, mobilities

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