Michaeline A. Crichlow

Michaeline A. Crichlow

Professor in the Department of Sociology

External Address: 
124 Campus Drive, 243 Friedl Bldg., Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708-0252
(919) 681-6947


I am interested in projects related to citizenship, nationalism and development mainly in the Atlantic and Pacific regions. My current projects are focused on the sorts of claims that populations deemed diasporic make on states, and how these reconfigure their communities and general sociocultural practices. I am also interested in development's impact on social and economic environments, and the way this structures and restructures people's assessments of their spaces for the articulation and pursuit of particular kinds of freedoms. I have attempted to project these perspectives in my recent book, "Globalization and the Postcreole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation" (July 2009) and my current project: "Governing the Present: Vistas, Violence and the Politics of Place" that examines the quests for place and freedoms among populations in the Caribbean, Pacific and South Africa. I am also an associate research fellow on a project called 50:50 at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, that examines post-independence socio-economic developments primarily in the Anglophone Caribbean, and suggests new ways for rethinking development in the region. As well I am part of a SALISES international working group, on Rural Resilience and Agricultural Development Studies. The Agrarian component of my contribution to these projects, utilizes the arguments and methodology developed in my earlier text, "Negotiating Caribbean Freedom: Peasants and State in Development." Combining the theorizing of creolization in my recent text, "Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation," with issues of development particularly related to notions of resilience, sustainability, governance, processes of rural "othering," that emerge from this vibrant and highly productive project; I am better equipped to tackle the question of governance, violence, otherness, and the quest for freedoms-subjects centered in my new work.

Crichlow, MA. "Orpheus and power: The movimento negro of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1945-1988." IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER 4.2 (December 1997): 323-327. Full Text

Crichlow, MA. "The limits of maneuver: Caribbean states, small farmers and the capitalist world economy, 1940s-1995." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 17.1 (January 1, 1997): 81-98. Full Text

Crichlow, MA. "(Debates): Reply to Besson." New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids 69.3 & 4 (1995): 305-309.

Crichlow, MA. "An Alternative Approach to Family-Land Tenure in the Caribbean : The Case of St. Lucia." New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids 68.1 & 2 (1994): 77-99.

Crichlow, MA. "Report: 'Hunger 1993: Uprooted People' by Marc J. Cohen ed." Social and Economic Studies 43 (1994): 268-272. (Review)

Crichlow, MA. "Farmers and Finance: experience with institutional savings and credit in West Java by H.A.J. Moll." Social and Economic Studies 40 (1991): 205-210. (Review)