Introduction: The Ties That Bind

  • Alison Klein
Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)


The introduction offers background on the British Imperial system of indentured labor and the role of indenture in colonial and anti-colonial literature. It lays out the book’s focus upon the “seductive hierarchies of empire”: the ideologies of gender, ethnicity, and class that developed under imperialism and indenture and that continue to hold sway in the Caribbean today. Additionally, it proposes a “poetics of kinship,” a focus on the importance of building familial ties across generations and across classifications of people in order to counter the repressive ideologies of empire.


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  • Alison Klein
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  1. 1.Thompson Writing ProgramDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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