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Resisting Paradise
Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture

By Angelique V. Nixon

240 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 8 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index

9781496813268 Paper $30.00S

How Caribbean artists and activists counteract the apparently irresistible lure of the tourist dollar

"A deeply insightful reading of the ways Caribbean cultural workers from inside and outside the region negotiate the complexities of tourism and critique controlling cultural myths about the Caribbean as paradise. But as importantly, Nixon takes us beyond tourism's double-bind and shows how writers and artists offer counternarratives to exploitative tourism and neocolonialism that are grounded in resistance culture, shared histories, and diasporic connections. Resisting Paradise is an inspiring study, full of hope and love for the Caribbean, offering us new ways of thinking about ethical tourism and Caribbean freedom." —Kamala Kempadoo, author of Sexing the Caribbean: Gender, Race, and Sexual Labor

Winner of the Caribbean Studies Association's 2016 Barbara T. Christian Award

Resisting Paradise explores the import of both tourism and diaspora in shaping Caribbean identity. Angelique V. Nixon interrogates the relationship between culture and sex within the production of "paradise" and investigates the ways in which Caribbean writers, artists, and activists respond to and powerfully resist this production. Forms of resistance include critiquing exploitation, challenging dominant historical narratives, exposing tourism's influence on cultural and sexual identity in the Caribbean and its diaspora, and offering alternative models of tourism and travel.

Resisting Paradise places emphasis on the Caribbean people and its diasporic subjects as travelers and as cultural workers contributing to alternate and defiant understandings of tourism in the region. Through a unique multidisciplinary approach to comparative literary analysis, interviews, and participant observation, Nixon analyzes the ways Caribbean cultural producers are taking control of representation. While focused mainly on the Anglophone Caribbean, the study covers a range of territories including Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, as well as Trinidad and Tobago, to deliver a potent critique.

Angelique V. Nixon is a lecturer at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She is author of Saltwater Healing—A Myth Memoir and Poems and coeditor of Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean: Complexities of Place, Desire, and Belonging.

240 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 8 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index