The World Has Become More Selfish: Remembering a New Past in the West Indies

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Abstract

Anthropologists view the concept of ‘tradition’ with suspicion, but it is a useful tool for ordering one's understanding of the present. As rapid cultural change brings greater disparities in wealth, the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines remember a past in which sharing was more widespread. While not a motive for personal action, this remembered past provides a way to understand the contrast between one's own accomplishments and the success of others: others' relative prosperity is a violation of a traditional way of life rather than a demonstration of one's own personal failing; ‘the world has become more selfish’.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-624
Number of pages12
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

Keywords

  • Caribbean
  • change
  • cooperation
  • family
  • indigeneity
  • migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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