Whiteness, Weddings, and Tourism in the Caribbean

Paradise for Sale

  • Karen Wilkes

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About this book


This book examines myths of the Caribbean as paradise. These myths are used as a backdrop to market destination white weddings. The book is interdisciplinary and uses historical and contemporary visual texts to examine the way in which middle class white womanhood assumes a decorative, privileged, and elevated position within contemporary images of destination weddings in the Caribbean. To facilitate the notion of the Caribbean as paradise, the book argues that this production of luxury is highly dependent on the positioning of blackness as servitude. To this end, tourism marketing appropriates the Caribbean’s history of slavery; transforming the region into a site where whiteness can consume black labor as luxury.


Whiteness destination weddings Caribbean tourism postcolonial studies intersectionality

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  • Karen Wilkes
    • 1
  1. 1.Birmingham City UniversityBirminghamUnited Kingdom

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