. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AC K N OW L E D G M E N T S
This study owes its greatest debt of thanks to the approximately 150 individ-
uals in three family networks of Caribbean origins who made it possible.
Their contributions ranged from participating in life-story interviews to
extending generous hospitality in their homes, showing me around in their
local communities, helping make contacts with other relatives included in
the study, and reading and commenting on earlier writings. I am deeply
grateful for their help, which not only enabled me to carry out the study, but
also made the research process a pleasure. I have tried to safeguard individuals’
anonymity by changing personal names as well as certain place names, just as
I have attempted to respect people’s sense of privacy by omitting many details
concerning personal relationships. I hope that the family narratives in this
book, built up around individuals’ life stories, will resonate with their experi-
ences and that my analysis will o√er them an interesting perspective on their
lives, even if they probably will not agree with it entirely. Most of all, I hope
that they will think that I have done justice to the trust they showed me by
sharing their life stories with me.
The book grew out of my research project ‘‘Constructing Lives in the
Global Ecumene: A Study of West Indian Life Stories,’’ which was part of a
larger research project, ‘‘Livelihood, Identity and Organisation in Situations
of Instability,’’ funded by the Danish Council for Development Research.
The larger project was a collaborative venture between the Center for De-
velopment Research (now part of the Danish Institute of International Stud-
ies), Roskilde University, and the University of Copenhagen and took place
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