The Triumph of the Commons: Barbuda Belongs to All Barbudans Together

  • David Lowenthal
  • Colin Clarke
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)


A distinctive community has long occupied Barbuda, one of the most thinly inhabited Caribbean islands. Barbuda’s 1,200 people manifest a sense of identity and an attachment to locality that stem from traditions reaching back over two centuries. Close-knit yet by no means claustrophobic, parsimonious but not miserly, conservative but not reactionary, Barbudans’ approach to using and stewarding their resources reflects long legacies of isolation, ecological constraint, family closeness, and social interdependence.


Draft Animal Swidden Cultivation Government Project Stock Farm Social Interdependence 
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  • David Lowenthal
  • Colin Clarke

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