This Just In… Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism by Michael E. O’Neal

Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism explores the political economy of development in the British Virgin Islands — from plantations, through the evolution of a smallholding economy, to the rise of tourism. The study argues that the demise of plantation economy in the BVI ushered in a century of imperial disinterest persisting until recently, when a new “monocrop” — tourism– became ascendant.

Using an approach both historical and anthropological, author Michael E. O’Neal reveals how the trend toward reliance on tourism and other dependent industries affects many BVIslanders — called the “Belongers” — in ways that echo their historical and economic heritage.

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