History of Antigua and Barbuda, West Indies: Digital Archive

I recently sought to re-connect with a fellow-anthropologist with whom I’d been out of touch for many years, indeed, since our days as graduate students.In the course of finding Dr Susan Lowes, currently Director of Research and

Evaluation at the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University, via the wonders of the internet, I also encountered a digital archive of material that she has assembled on the history and culture of Antigua and Barbuda, where she had conducted her fieldwork, and which resulted in her doctoral dissertation entitled, "The Peculiar Class: The Formation, Collapse, and Reformation of the Middle Class in Antigua, West
Indies, 1834-1940".

Herewith, links to some of Dr Lowes’ archival material:

n History of Antigua and Barbuda: A Digital Archive (Home page): http://antiguahistory.net

n “Rum and Coca-cola: The Arrival of the Americans and the Restructuring of Social
Relations in Antigua in the 1940s” : http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/bnccde/antigua/conference/papers/lowes.html

In addition to her continued research interest in Antigua and Barbuda, Dr Lowes’ recent research includes a study of the impact of online teaching on classroom change, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education through Learning Point Associates/NCREL, a study of children's conceptions of the world, funded by the National Geographical Education Fund, and a series of ongoing studies of online discussion forums.

[Cross-posted from: http://michaeloneal.posterous.com/history-of-antigua-and-barbuda-we...]

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Comment by Michael O'Neal on April 9, 2010 at 7:34pm
Good to hear from you, Huon, and thanks for the comments.

I'd seen Astrid Kowlessar's post and, in fact, have been in touch with her since, as I agree there are parallels.
Comment by Huon Wardle on April 9, 2010 at 11:59am
I should also have mentioned that Astrid kowlessar created a collection of photos about Trinidad from the point of view of urban development there. It struck me there were some parallels.

Comment by Huon Wardle on April 9, 2010 at 11:15am
I enjoyed reading Dr Lowes' essay. It seems hard to credit that the Monroe Doctrine, setting out the view of the Caribbean as part of the US sphere of influence (aka 'backyard' as Ronald Reagan put it) dates as far back as 1823.

The archive looks promising too.


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