ERIC Number: ED264158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Caribbean Women: Towards a Documentation of Stereotypes. Women in the Caribbean Project, Volume 4.
One of a series emanating from a three-year project concerned with the role of women in the English-speaking Caribbean, this publication discusses images, roles, and stereotypes of the Caribbean woman. The project's objectives are to establish in the region a data base for teaching, research, and planning purposes and to develop guidelines for a social policy that recognizes women's needs and draws on their skills and talents for program planning. To obtain data concerning perceptions of women, newspaper articles and statements of churchmen were analyzed. The publication is divided into three sections, dealing with Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad. For each of these territories images, stereotyping, and role performance of women in both pre- and post-independence eras are discussed. Cultural prescriptions for each color/racial group are examined and there is discussion as to whether the images presented can reasonably be performed by the women, given the roles culturally prescribed for them. Generally speaking, the 'guide to behavior' for women advanced by the image-makers in all three territories is that of a person whose purpose is derived from the existence of another, such as husband, father, or extended family. (RM)
Descriptors: Cultural Images, Females, Identification (Psychology), Role Perception, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Social Cognition
Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the West Indies, P.O. Box 64, Bridgetown, Barbados.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of the West Indies, Cave Hill (Barbados). Inst. of Social and Economic Research.
Identifiers - Location: Barbados; Jamaica; Trinidad and Tobago