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Memorias: Revista Digital de Historia y Arqueología desde el Caribe

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MARQUEZ PEREZ, Ana Isabel. Migratory cultures in the Colombian Caribbean: The case of the Raizal people from Old Providence and Santa Catalina islands. memorias [online]. 2013, n.19, pp.204-229. ISSN 1794-8886.

Caribbean migrations have been widely documented, specially from demographic and economic views that emphasize the negative aspects of these processes on individuals and societies. However, new perspectives about migrations have spread, specially the migratory cultures concept. The main idea is that, more than an economical phenomena, linked to overpopulation and unemployment, Caribbean mobility can be understood as a cultural tradition that has become a way of life, legitimized through several migrants generations, allowing the survival of islands' societies. This way, the concept assumes the permanent mobility of people through return migrations, used as basic economic strategies, as well as mechanisms that facilitate and perpetuate this practice, such as informal and extended social networks and flexible social and domestic structures. This would be the case of Old Providence and Santa Catalina islanders in the English - speaking territory on the Colombian Caribbean, who have a long history of migrations that persist until today and that constitute a way of life. This document is the result of researches developed on the islands and with migrants in the city of Bogota between 2004 and 2011. On these studies, different subjects were aborded, including the role of migrations on islanders' life, their MEMORies and their perception about them

Keywords : Migrations; Caribbean; Old Providence and Santa Catalina Islands.

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