Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A07. Hedonism II to H2 Worker: US - Caribbean Connections

The last few decades are often characterized as a time of economic globalization. National economies are increasingly linked by merchandise trade, cross-border investments, and the exchange of people and ideas. In this seminar, we examine how such interactions between the United States and English Speaking Caribbean countries affect these economies and their peoples. We use films and texts from anthropology, history, sociology, economics and beyond to explore themes ranging from all-inclusive Caribbean resorts (like Hedonism II), to how globalization shapes “home cooking,” to U.S. guest workers (including West Indian H2 workers), and the transnational stardom of the Barbadian singer, Rihanna.

Brenda WyssBrenda Wyss
Associate Professor of Economics