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Living at the BorderlinesMonday, May 19, 2003 – Living at the Borderlines: Issues in Caribbean Sovereignty and Development is the title of a brand new anthology of essays launched on Wednesday, May 14 at the Bay Gardens Hotel. The collection’s theme is the impact of globalisation on the Caribbean state and the implications for questions of identity, nationhood and development.

Living at the Borderlines was co-edited by Cynthia Barrow-Giles (a St. Lucian national), lecturer in Political Science at the Cave Hill Campus, UWI and Dr. Don Marshall, Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the same campus. The book was launched to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of the Cave Hill Campus.

Don Marshall & Cynthia Barrow-Giles

Living at the Borderlines Co-editors: Don Marshall & Cynthia Barrow-Giles

Principal of Cave Hill, Professor Hilary Beckles, who attended the launching, said that given the quickening pace of globalisation, the book was ‘…absolutely relevant, it is very, very timely and this is indeed how we establish the relevance of our academy. Our academy finds itself in the circumstance where it can produce texts, timely, relevant, important, (and that) treat the big questions’. Professor Beckles commended the editors on their dynamism and dedication to the collection which took two years to complete.

Living at the Borderlines features twenty-four essays written by a diverse set of Caribbean intellectuals on how globalisation has impacted nearly all facets of Caribbean society. St. Lucia’s Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony and Prime Minister of St. Vincent, Dr. Ralph Gonslaves have also contributed to this anthology. Co-editor, Dr. Don Marshall, remarked that, ‘All the contributors, in some way or another, address that underlying foundational assumption that there is no way out for the region. We address it (globalisation), we confront it, we offer nuggets of analysis and hope’. Barrow-Giles declared that Living at the Borderlines is, ‘…perhaps the best anthology of its kind…It really tells the story about the history and the problems that the Caribbean has confronted today’. The book was published by Ian Randle Publishing which is based in Jamaica.

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