The George Beckford Papers

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George Beckford left the Caribbean region, and the underdeveloped world in general, an extraordinary body of work that spanned his career as economics professor, advisor to governments, and consultant to international organizations. "George Beckford's work is characterized by a remarkable consistency of purpose and vision . . . [This collection presents] the unfolding of George Beckford's work from agricultural economics to political economy, to the social economy of 'man space', to the cultural roots of Caribbean creativity and a vision of one independent, sovereign and self-reliant Caribbean nation . . . His purpose was to reveal the legacy of dispossession originating in the slave plantation experience of African people in the New World; to 'free the mind' from the internalization of attitudes of inferiority and 'Afro-Saxon' mimicry. His vision was the affirmation of the culture of 'overcoming' rooted in the Caribbean 'peasantry' and the land". Introduction
 

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Contents

List of Figures
xiv
Abbreviations
xvi
PARTI
xxii
Towards an Appropriate Paradigm for Caribbean Development
xxxiv
Agro 21 and the Future
109
The Growth of Major Tropical Export Crop Industries
122
Agricultural Development in Traditional and Peasant
137
The Schultz High Payoff Input Model
148
Plantations Peasants and Proletariat in the West Indies
260
Emigration and Demographic Change
275
The Social Economy of Bauxite in the Jamaican ManSpace
288
Plantation Capitalism and Black Dispossession
323
The Future of Plantation Society in Comparative Perspective
336
a Postscript the IMF Democratic Socialism
347
Education as an Instrument for Development
359
Sounds and Pressures of Black Survival
368

Comparative Rural Systems Development and Under
158
1
161
Toward an Appropriate Theoretical Framework for Agricultural
175
The Economics of Agricultural Resource Use and Development
186
Possibilities for Change and Transformation
217
PART
233
The Plantation System and the Penetration of International
239
Portrait of the Jamaican Male
382
Cultural Sovereignty and Economic Development
399
the Economic Implications
419
The Struggle for a Relevant Economics
438
Index
456
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