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Islanders, Immigrants and Millionaires: The Dynamics of Upper-Class... (2013)

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Title Islanders, Immigrants and Millionaires: The Dynamics of Upper-Class Segregation in St. Barts, French West Indies
Published in Geographies of the Super-Rich, p.186-200. ISBN 9780857935687.
Author B. Cousin; S. Chauvin
Date 2013
Language English
Type Book part
Publisher Edward Elgar
Abstract Saint-Barthélemy is one of the most exclusive seaside resorts in the world. The three groups interacting locally – historic Saint-Barths, metropolitan immigrants, and super-rich vacationers or villa owners – are all overwhelmingly white. Their cohabitation maintains the elitist character of the island, while obliterating most of its Caribbean heritage. St. Barts’ resort identity is structured around a generic brand of exoticism, local variation of a global space of upper-class leisure. By insisting on the multi-class co-production of elite seaside locations, we lay emphasis on the roles of service relations and upper-class dynamics of distinction in the reconfiguration of local cultures within the places patronized by the super-rich. St. Barts’ resort identity is structured around a generic brand of exoticism, local variation of a global space of upper-class leisure. By insisting on the multi-class co-production of elite seaside locations, we lay emphasis on the roles of service relations and upper-class dynamics of distinction in the reconfiguration of local cultures within the places patronized by the super-rich.
Publication http://hdl.handle.net/11245/1.398589
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Persistent Identifier urn:nbn:nl:ui:29-456141
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Repository University of Amsterdam

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