Questions  to Consider


Potter R. & Lloyd-Evans S. 1997. ̉Sun, Fun and a Rum Deal: Perspectives on Development in the CaribbeanÓ, FOCUS on Geography Vol. 44:  pp. 19-26.

1. Are your impressions of the Caribbean similar to those described in the first 2 paragraphs? 


 On what information are your impressions based?


2. What does Lowenthal mean by "false homogenization"?


3. Both the resident and tourist populations have increased since this article was published in 1997.

4. What do the authors mean by "series of service stations"?


5. What is Gunder Frank's "dependency theory"? 


6. Note the contrast between the Caribbean's political/ideological commonality and socio-cultural diversity. 

7. What is the point(s) of this article? 


What is the "Commonwealth Caribbean"?


8.  List the disadvantages that Caribbean countries share? 




9.  It's interesting how the islands exports are dominated by agriculture and yet they have to import food. 

10. How is tourism similar to the plantation economy?


11. What "passive path toward development" did the Commonwealth countries follow? 


How does debt influence this passive path?


12.  What's an "export processing zone"?



13. What have the trends in agriculture been?


14. What are EPZs and FTZs? 


 How do they influence development?  Who is employed in them?


15. What does "high tech in high heels" mean?



16. What is the "global process of divergence"?



17.  What are the differences between "Plantopolis" and "metropolis"?  How are they related to divergence?



18. What is the "international demonstration effect"? 


 How might it be a problem? 


19. What do the authors mean by "path of convergence"? 


 How might it be a problem? 


20. What were the trends in residential development?


21. You must clearly understand the two concluding paragraphs.