New Book: English Speaking Caribbean Immigrants: Transnational Identities – by Lear Matthews

New Book: English Speaking Caribbean Immigrants: Transnational Identities – by Lear Matthews

learThis book explores the lived experiences of Guyanese and other English-Speaking Caribbean immigrants and the institutions through which they bridge nations-states, while maintaining a transnational lifestyle. The publication is particularly timely in light of the Diaspora’s resurgence of interest in developments in Guyana and the attempt at national unity following the recent elections.

This book highlights important but insufficiently documented dimensions of the experience of English-speaking Caribbean immigrants in the United States. It focuses on successes and challenges of what might be perceived as “living in two worlds.” The central theme, post-migration transnational connections, is informed by new research on the topic.  

The thrust of the book is on trends, practices, and policies pertaining to transnational issues, and it uses both academic and applied approaches in its research. Having examined contemporary adjustment concerns of Caribbean immigrants, the authors present research findings, critical analyses, and suggest possible solutions to social and psychological problems immigrants confront as their life space is influenced by both places of origin and destination.

This book fills a void in the literature pertaining to the emerging transnational experiences of Anglophone Caribbean immigrants that has not been fully explored.

Editorial Reviews

Lear Matthews’ book is a welcome addition to the literature on transnationalism and the immigrant experience. The central themes of transnational connections and identity unite explorations of change, adaptation and continuity in the experience of immigrants from the English-speaking Caribbean. A must read for scholars and practitioners with an interest in the Caribbean, the volume offers new insights to all in the field of migration studies.
Lynne M. Healy, PhD, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut School of Social Work (Lynne M. Healy, PhD, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut School of Social Work)

Dr. Matthews and his contributors must be complimented for a book that speaks authoritatively to the numerous issues arising from the transnational nature of the current migratory trajectory. I would contend, is that it draws heavily, not only on scholars as theoreticians, but also on practitioners who must often deal with the proposed solutions. The book is a tightly focused collection of articles – insightful, readable and very coherent. I recommend it strongly as another strong addition to this growing emergent field of migration studies.
Aubrey W. Bonnett, coeditor of Emerging Perspectives on the Black Diaspora, and Continuing Perspectives on the Black Diaspora (Aubrey W. Bonnett, coeditor of Emerging Perspectives on the Black Diaspora, and Continuing Perspectives on the Black Diaspora)

Also read: REVIEW by Professor Diane Drachman  on English Speaking Caribbean Immigrants: Transnational Identities – by Lear Matthews

About the Author

Lear Matthews is professor of community and human services at SUNY Empire State College. He is a member of the editorial board of the Caribbean Journal of Social Work, and a former lecturer at the University of Guyana. He has received numerous awards for his ability to link scholarship and community service.

Product Details

  • Hardcover:226 pages
  • Publisher:UPA (October 30, 2013)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0761862021
  • ISBN-13:978-0761862024
  • Product Dimensions:2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches


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  • John JSPS  On November 6, 2015 at 8:49 am

    And it is listed $ 78 Canadian…

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