Kent Wessinger's Ph.D. Dissertation

“The relationship between creative practice and socioeconomic crisis in the Caribbean: A path to sustainable growth.”


After experiencing the reality of life in the Caribbean for nearly two decades, I remain grieved by the level of suffering throughout the region, yet hopeful that a future of sustainable growth is within the realm of possibility. I am a first hand participant in and observer of the longstanding socioeconomic crisis that has forced the African culture […]

Table of Contents

Abstract Acknowledgements Chapter 1––An intentional task––Motivated by hardship and respect Positionality Disclosure Research process overview Clarifying intentional creative practice Chapter 2––A participant of crisis––Magnified positionality Cultural Tourism: Not me Background Narrative: My first encounter Magnified Moment One: Conditioned for desperation (June 1994) Magnified Moment Two: Left behind (1994-1997) Magnified Moment Three: Crisis to chaos (1995) […]

Chapter 1: An intentional task–Motivated by hardship and respect

A debilitating phenomenon has been escalating throughout the Caribbean for five centuries––while the majority of the world defines the Caribbean as “paradise,” the reality of life for the Afro-Carib culture is defined by an unrelenting hardship (1). This project comprehensively analyzes the phenomenon and offers a viable pathway to sustainable growth. I have experienced the reality of […]

Chapter 3.1: “Paradise” lost in crisis– A historical progression of the Caribbean

Extraordinary innovation, creative methods, and complex technology continue to fuel the growth trajectories of first world nations, while a relevant question remains unanswered in the Caribbean, “Have 40 million people been left behind in regard to global development?” Long- term hardship, global misunderstanding, and lingering points of crisis suggest that the region has been left behind and remains […]

Chapter 3.2: “Paradise” lost in crisis– A historical progression of the Caribbean

Decolonized period (1945-1980): Continuum of disorder. Decolonization, which sets out to change the order of the world is, obviously, a programme of complete disorder. —Fanon, 1990, p. 27 When World War II ended in 1945, only three islands in the Caribbean were independent: Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba. In the next thirty years (1945-1980), which is defined as […]

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