L Brathwaite - S Ryan - MG Smith - RT Smith

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http://members.tripod.com/~jacs4/background.html When the Institute was established in 1948, its architects, following the models of Oxford, Cambridge and in particular London University, conceived that it would play a major role in advancing the thinking and research on social and economic issues in the Caribbean. This same model was used at the University of Nigeria for the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER); at the then regional University of East Africa and at the Indian Institute of Economics in New Delhi.      The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), located on the Mona Campus was originally funded by a Colonial Development and Welfare grant provided by the British Government. It preceded the establishment of the faculty of Social Sciences by twelve years. The advantages of this planned sequence were far reaching. By the time the Faculty commenced its teaching programme in 1962, there was a relevant body of research on the Caribbean to draw upon.            The Pioneers   The early researchers under the first director, Dr. Dudley Huggins, a native of St. Kitts-Nevis, placed their intellectual stamp on the ISER's mission. Lloyd Brathwaite, M.G. Smith and R.T. Smith focussed on developing models of Caribbean society. Their work on social stratification and the debates that have ensued out of M.G. Smith's Plural Society Model have continued to challenge scholars and others working in the Social Sciences and engaged in social action.      While the two Smiths went on to distinguish themselves as Professors at Yale and Chicago, respectively, Lloyd Brathwaite was to receive the first appointment to the Chair of Sociology at the UWI in 1966. His contribution to the development of the Department of Sociology and the intellectual leadership that he gave to the influx of Caribbean scholars and students, especially with the establishment of the Faculty of Social Sciences UWI (Mona) in 1962, is highly acclaimed.        
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The work of the early ISER economists was no less profound. Two economists from the UK, George Cumper and David Edwards, and subsequently William Demas of Trinidad and Tobago, developed approaches and interpretations of the region's economies that undoubtedly provided the foundations of Caribbean Economic Thought.      William Demas, produced a seminal study on The Economies of Small States while Edwards produced The Economic Study of Small farming in Jamaica both ofwhich continue to provoke endless debate on the structure and performance of the Caribbean in the world economy. While both Cumper and Edwards became absorbed in the teaching programme in the Department of Economics at UWI, Demas was to distinguish himself as one of the leading Caribbean policy-makers, first as Secretary-General of The Caribbean Common Market, CARICOM, and then as President of the Caribbean Development Bank 1974 - 87.      Demas, Edwards and Cumper set the context which a new generation of economists was to find fertile and expansive. Lloyd Best, a Trinidad and
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2010 for the course SOSCI INBA6610 taught by Professor Prescott during the Fall '08 term at University of the West Indies at St. Augustine.

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