Globalizing Caribbean Mobilities, Caribbeanizing Global Mobilities
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.
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