Ank Klomp – Politics on an ‘unprofitable’ island: resources and gatekeepers on Bonaire, N.A.

August 6, 2020

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New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids – Vol. 53 Issue 1 – Jan.1979

Politics on an ‘unprofitable’ island: resources and gatekeepers on Bonaire, N.A.
The Caribbean is normally discussed in terms of the larger well-watered islands, suitable for large scale agricultural enterprises; ‘Plantation America’ is one of the epithets coined for the region.
The islands that fall outside this frame of reference usually get far less attention. Recently however, a number of island communities that clearly belong to this last category, such as Aruba and Curaçao have been subject of much scholarly interest. […]
We have no account yet of neighbouring Bonaire, the third island, that together with Aruba and Curaçao forms the southern half of the Netherlands Antilles.
The attempt to describe and analyse the political field of the island first mentioned, forms the object of this paper.

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