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Creole Economics: Caribbean Cunning Under the French Flag
Browne draws on a decade of ethnographic fieldwork and interview data from all socioeconomic sectors to question the common understanding of informal economies as culture-free, survival strategies of the poor.
Paperback, 291 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by University of Texas Press
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As someone who lived in Martinique for two years, I was aware of this informal economy and its importance to Martinicans. That made it all the more intriguing to read the way Browne makes what is implicit in Martinican society explicit and connects it to macro levels of history, gender, and class with respect to slavery. A great read for Caribbeanist students and researchers and people with an interest in Caribbean culture!