Slavery, Smallholding and Tourism: Social Transformations in the British Virgin Islands
by Michael E. O'Neal
Explores the political economy of development in the British Virgin Islands — from plantations, through the evolution of a smallholding economy, to the rise of tourism. The study argues that the demise of plantation economy in the BVI ushered in a century of imperial disinterest persisting until recently, when a new “monocrop” — tourism — is ascendant. Uses historical and anthropological analysis.