After the dismantlement of the Netherlands Antilles, the six islands remain locked in the postcolonial imbroglio resulting from their rejection of full sovereignty. Against the advantages inherent in the asymmetrical link to the metropolis, there are constraints to the insular populations’ autonomy and identities. The constitutional reforms may have deepened the ambivalence of Antillean citizens and politicians towards the Netherlands, while high levels of immigration raise other questions about insular belonging. The ‘Confronting Caribbean Challenges‘ project will analyze the intersection of (recent) political reforms, often intensive migrations, and current practices of governance on four of these islands.
The focus is on the least-studied islands of the former Netherlands Antilles, but the approach is comparative. This project utilizes a three-tiered multi-disciplinary framework linking the past (historical development of hybrid identities), the present (governance, migration and citizenship issues), and the future (sustainable tourism capitalizing on natural and historical heritage). The three sub-projects will combine an historical perspective, contemporary empirical data and fresh insights into the literature on governance and identity in small-scale polities, emphasizing the variables of non-sovereignty and high-intensity migration. The project will feed into ongoing debates about governance, insular identities, and local agency.
Photo: A glimpse through the portal of Confronting Caribbean Challenges: past, present and future (Lower Town, St. Eustatius)
For questions or information please contact Sanne Rotmeijer: ln.vl1495712847tik@r1495712847ejiem1495712847tor1495712847
25 July 2015 | The Bonaire Reporter (Stacey Mac Donald): ‘Protecting the nature and cultural heritage on Bonaire (p. 15)’
19 July 2016 | Saba News: ‘Stacey Mac Donald seeks participants for scientific research on cultural heritage‘
20 April 2016 | Radiostatia PJB-50 92.3 FM (Stacey Mac Donald): Radio interview during the Shedding Light a Government Information Service Program on St. Eustatius
25 June 2015 | Saba News: ‘Dutch Researcher visits Saba for psychological programme‘
13 May 2015 | Daily Herald: ‘Social, cultural history study of the Windward Islands starts’
8 April 2015 | Antilliaans Dagblad: ‘Onderzoek van KITLV naar eilanden’
3 April 2015 | NTR Caribisch Netwerk: ‘Groot onderzoek naar Caribische Rijksdelen‘
2 April 2015 | Dichtbij Nederland: ‘Interview with KITLV researchers about project on the Caribbean‘
24 March 2015 | Antilliaans Dagblad (Wouter Veenendaal): ‘Groeiende onvrede met nieuwe status’
23 October 2014 | NPO Radio 1 Vandaag (Gert Oostindie): ‘Curacao wil van Nederlandse invloed af’
23 October 2014 | Volkskrant: ‘Gouverneur tussen twee vuren’
October 2014 | Idee (Gert Oostindie): ‘Decentralisatie overzee‘
23 September 2014 | Antilliaans Dagblad (Wouter Veenendaal): ‘Het democratisch tekort in ons Koninkrijk, een oplosbaar probleem‘ (pp 8)
“Veenendaal, W. (2016). Eindrapport CCC-Opinieonderzoek. Leiden: KITLV.”
Weerstand tegen Nederlands en buitenlanders op de eilanden:
Weerstand tegen Nederlanders en buitenlanders op de eilanden
Political Status Preferences on Aruba and Curaçao:
Aruba – Curaçao Status
First Results of our Opinion Survey on Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius!
Presentation CCC-Survey BES
Between 14 September and 31 October 2015, the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) carried out a large opinion survey on all six Dutch Caribbean islands. This was an independent, academic survey, sponsored financially by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Dr. Wouter Veenendaal is the leading researcher of this academic project.
On each island a number of addresses were selected by means of a randomly drawn sample, and between 14 September and 31 October 2015, each of these addresses was visited by a local interviewer. The residents of these addresses were interviewed by means of a paper questionnaire, which addressed the following topics: 1) the relationship between the islands and Holland, 2) local politics on the island, and 3) media consumption. Interviews were conducted in Dutch, English, Papiamentu or Spanish.
The most important reason for this research, is the fact that only very few academic and comparative opinion surveys have been carried out on the islands: the most recent comprehensive opinion survey was conducted in 1998. Because five years have now passed since the momentous constitutional reforms of 2010, it is extremely important to know the opinions of the populations of the islands about the Kingdom and about the changed relationship with the other islands and Holland. In addition, it will be interesting to draw comparisons between the different islands, and to see if any differences can be observed between the islands that in 2010 have become autonomous countries, and those that became public bodies of Holland instead.
Missed opportunities: Why Dutch institutions fail in the Caribbean, by Wouter Veenendaal.
Will Fidel’s mission be completed?, by Gert Oostindie.
Five tips to get people to fill out your survey, by Stacey Mac Donald.
From Brexit to CuraCiao: who takes the country back?, by Sanne Rotmeijer.
The Place of the Vultures: Cuba on the Cusp of Change, by Jessica Roitman.
Once lost, now found, by Jessica Roitman.
Nothing is what it seems in Cuba, by Gert Oostindie.
The Mystery of the Missing Mammary, by Jessica Roitman.
The Island Experience, by Wouter Veenendaal.
To be or not be (called) Dutch…, by Stacey Mac Donald.
What’s wrong with being right?, by Jessica Roitman.
How media reflect and shape who we are, by Sanne Rotmeijer.
Small island, big problems, blog by Gert Oostindie.