Low-Income Housing and the State in the Eastern Caribbean

Low-Income Housing and the State in the Eastern Caribbean

Low-Income Housing and the State in the Eastern Caribbean

Low-Income Housing and the State in the Eastern Caribbean


"The first comprehensive analysis of housing conditions and State policies in three countries of the eastern Caribbean: Grenada, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The study focuses on the interrelationships between the poor, low-income housing, and the policies of the State. The author concludes that 'in the realm of State housing policy and provision, the efforts of low-income groups to house themselves have been almost totally neglected as a socio-cultural resource of major importance.' (p. 72)"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.


The work described in this occasional monograph represents the principal findings of a project which has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom. As far as I am aware, this is the first ever attempt to assess, from a primarily geographical perspective, the quality of housing in the Eastern Caribbean states. As such, it follows a previous study of housing quality in Barbados which was carried out between 1986 and 1987. This was published by the Institute of Social and Economic Research of the University of the West Indies at the Mona Campus in 1992.

I should like to record my gratitude to Dr Graham Dann of the Department of Government and Sociology of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, together with Elizabeth Dann, for their unfailing hospitality and assistance during my trips to the Eastern Caribbean. Countless people in the Eastern Caribbean gave freely of their time in discussing housing and other issues with me. Closer to home, Dr John Coshall of the Business School at the North London University provided much appreciated assistance with computing. Pam Cardwell, June Brain and Kathy Roberts prepared the manuscript with their customary efficiency. Justin Jacyno prepared most of the cartographic figures.

Unless otherwise stated, all monetary values are expressed in East Caribbean dollars throughout the text.

Englefield Green Surrey, UK May 1993 . . .

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