By Mary Chamberlain

This anthology represents very important and unique instructions within the learn of Caribbean migration. It takes a comparative point of view at the Caribbean people's migratory reports to North the United States, Europe, and in the Caribbean. utilizing a multi-disciplinary method, the publication discusses: * the explanations of migration * the stories of migrants * the historic, cultural and political techniques * problems with gender and imperialism * the technique of migration reports, together with oral background.

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1985) ‘Race and colour: Jamaican migrants in London and New York’, International Migration Review 19(4):708–27. Gilroy, P. (1987) ‘There ain’t no Black in the Union Jack: the cultural politics of race and nation’, London: Hutchinson. ——(1993a) The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness, London: Verso. ——(1993b) Small Acts: Thoughts on the Politics of Black Cultures, London: Serpent’s Tail. ) Identity: Community, Culture, Difference, London: Lawrence & Wishart. ——(1995) ‘Negotiating Caribbean identities’, New Left Review 209, January- February: 3–14.

The title of his novel, Crossing the River, evokes the transatlantic slave trade. The author (1993:237–7) hears the drum beating on the far bank of the natal land and sees the ‘many-tongued chorus of the common memory’ in West Indian pubs in England, an addicted mother in Brooklyn, a barefoot boy in São Paulo, the reggae rhythms in the hills and valleys of the Caribbean and the carnivals in Trinidad and Rio. Despite the trauma of Cultural diaspora 29 the middle passage and the human wreckage that resulted, Phillips concludes his novel on an optimistic note.

This biblical and African consciousness became fused together in November 1930, when a new prince, Ras Tafari, was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia and adopted the name Haile Selassie. Some poor, particularly rural, Jamaicans began to described themselves as ‘Ethiopians’, or followers of the crowned prince Ras Tafari, namely Rastafarians. The Emperor claimed descent from Solomon and Sheba. The denomination of Christianity dated back to the very foundations of the religion; and the fact that they had seen off an Italian army in 1898 became their symbol of resistance.

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