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at Cave Hill, Barbados

Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit

Publications and Working Papers

Publications | Working Papers

The aim of the Institute is to publish two working papers per academic year.  The goal of the Working Paper Series is to encourage debate and disseminate information on a wide range of issues on feminisms, masculinity and gender studies and how these intersect with issues of Caribbean Development. The Institute has also published several books.

To purchase copies of the following books or working , either 
Write: The Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, P.O. Box 64, Bridgetown, Barbados.
  • Eudine Barriteau and Alan Cobley. Enjoying Power: Eugenia Charles and Political Leadership in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The UWI Press, 2006. ISBN 976-640-191-7/ 976-640-191-8 
  • Eudine Barriteau. Ed. Confronting Power, Theorizing Gender: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in the Caribbean. The UWI Press, Kingston 2003. ISBN 976-640-136-5 
  • Eudine Barriteau and Alan Cobley. Stronger, Surer, Bolder: Ruth Nita Barrow Social Change and International Development. The UWI Press, Kingston 2001. ISBN 976-640-101-2 
  • Eudine Barriteau. The Political Economy of Gender in the Twentieth Century Caribbean. Palgrave International, London and New York 2001. ISBN: 0-333-7328-0

Working Papers
Cost: BDS$20.00 (locally) / US$12.00 (regionally) / US$20.00 (internationally). 
Please make all cheques payable to: University of the West Indies.
Working Paper No. 16 Power, labour, Pleasure: Sexuality in Everyday Life. ISBN: 978-976-621-166-3 By Kamala Kempadoo

This paper follows the lines of black feminism in the US, where it has been argued that for women who come from histories of enslavement and colonial domination and who today feel the full brunt of those legacies under neo-liberal globalization, sexuality has been, and still often is, a basis for racial oppression and exploitation. Professor Kempadoo in this paper questions if the ‘dominant academic narratives are adequate to capture the complexities and varieties of Caribbean sexuality in everyday life’, and analyses the linkages between sexuality, power, labour and pleasure. Kempadoo clarifies that the main focus of her paper is on heterosexuality while recognizing at the same time the other forms of sexual identities within the Caribbean. With the focus on heterosexuality she explores ‘the fissures and cracks within that norm that could allow for changes and alternatives in heterosexuality itself. Professor Kempadoo concludes that there is need within Caribbean academy to expand its horizon and ask those uncomfortable questions about sexuality within the present economic global conditions. She calls for an expansion of curricular offerings to include sexuality studies, especially at the University of the West Indies.

Working Paper No. 15 Women's Leadership in our Globalized Society: A Critical Look   ISBN 978-976-621-162-2 By Elsa Tamez
As a Feminist Theologian Professor Tamez raised a series of questions that seek to examine women’s leadership. What kind of leadership justified this globalized society demand? Is it advantageous to be a woman in the new concept of leadership? How do women leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean see the situation? What kind of leadership is appropriate from a responsible perspective? For Professor Tamez, societies today need to rethink everything, including the prevailing concept of leadership which is hierarchal, and adopt a paradigm of change found in the network type of leadership which she argues will be a better way for human relationships. She also cautions to make a careful reading of leadership in the market economy. Professor Tamez questions the ways in which the existing globalized world with its hierarchical type of leadership use women to rescue or to make more profitable a market economy. Its objective continues to be the maximization of gains and wealth for a small minority sector, while the majority of the world’s inhabitants survive below the poverty line.
Working Paper No. 14 Gender, Generation and Memory: Remembering a Future Caribbean ISBN 978-976-621-157-4 By Alissa Trotz
As a Caribbean feminist scholar, Dr. Trotz mines the intersecting sites of diaspora, identities and constantly shifting Caribbean political economy. In the process she offers a searing assessment of a creeping social fragmentation in the region facilitated by the politics of polarization and division. While maintaining we need to move past defensiveness and engage each other, she proffers a different future and concludes with the gift of sociality. It is the social blue print from the indigenous Wai Wai of Guyana on how we can remain each other’s keepers. She uses three dimentions of Dame Nita’s public life to organize the paper Gender, Generation and Memory: Remembering a Future Caribbean. These themes are the Social Geography of a Pan-Caribbean Identity, Caribbean Movement and Political Conflict, and Social Justice and Gender Equality. Examining the operations of gender in each of these themes, Trotz explores how a collective social amnesia has worked to effect the marginalization of Caribbean peoples by deploying the politics of polarization and division. She also suggests ways in which Caribbean peoples might rework narratives of exclusion through a preliminary discussion of counter-memories embedded in practices that do not follow the logic of borders internally or externally implied.

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Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
Telephone: (246) 417-4490-93 Fax: (246) 424-3822 Email:

Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
Telephone: (246) 417-4490-93 Fax: (246) 424-3822 Email: