Open access article on the relationship between the Guianas and Brazil

Hemispheric reconfigurations in Northern Amazonia; the ‘Three Guianas’ amid regional change and Brazilian hegemony is the first of three publications by Matthew Bishop (University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad), Peter Clegg (University of the West of England), and Rosemarijn Hoefte (KITLV) resulting from the Three Guianas project.

This project seeks to explain the similarities and differences in (post)colonial Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana by using a comparative matrix of colonial cultural and social policies and postcolonial legacies. The current article in Third World Quarterly investigates the relationship between the Guianas and Brazil. The authors argue that the Guianas are tentatively moving away from the Caribbean region toward the South American continent in which Brazil is emerging as a regional power. They discuss and analyze the uncertain consequences of these hemispheric reconfigurations.

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