Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Book sections

Islanders, immigrants and millionaires: the dynamics of upper-class segregation in St Barts, French West Indies

Abstract : Saint-Barthélemy is one of the most exclusive seaside resorts in the world. The three groups interacting locally – historic Saint-Barths, metropolitan immigrants, and super-rich vacationers or villa owners – are all overwhelmingly white. Their cohabitation maintains the elitist character of the island, while obliterating most of its Caribbean heritage. St. Barts’ resort identity is structured around a generic brand of exoticism, local variation of a global space of upper-class leisure. By insisting on the multi-class co-production of elite seaside locations, we lay emphasis on the roles of service relations and upper-class dynamics of distinction in the reconfiguration of local cultures within the places patronized by the super-rich. St. Barts’ resort identity is structured around a generic brand of exoticism, local variation of a global space of upper-class leisure. By insisting on the multi-class co-production of elite seaside locations, we lay emphasis on the roles of service relations and upper-class dynamics of distinction in the reconfiguration of local cultures within the places patronized by the super-rich.
Complete list of metadata

https://hal-sciencespo.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-02396225
Contributor : Spire Sciences Po Institutional Repository Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 7:38:48 PM
Last modification on : Friday, July 2, 2021 - 1:59:53 PM

Identifiers

Collections

Citation

Bruno Cousin, Sébastien Chauvin. Islanders, immigrants and millionaires: the dynamics of upper-class segregation in St Barts, French West Indies. Iain Hay. Geographies of the Super-Rich, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp.186 - 200, 2013. ⟨hal-02396225⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

59