Globalization, Self-Determination and the Future of the African Diaspora

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The compelling book "In-dependence from Bondage" examines the common vision of two prominent Afro-Caribbeans of the 20th century -- poet, Claude McKay and politician, Michael Manley -- and the impact of their art and politics on African Diaspora relations worldwide

Author and former Jamaican public servant, Lloyd D. McCarthy offers an intellectual and timely re-examination of the scholarly works of two well-known Afro-Caribbeans in his dynamic book "In-Dependence from Bondage: Claude McKay and Michael Manley: Defying the Ideological Clash and Policy Gaps in African Diaspora Relations"(ISBN 978-1592214655, Africa World Press, 2007).

A highly insightful grouping, McCarthy pairs novelist/poet, Claude McKay (1890 - 1948), whose innovative works ignited the Harlem Literary Renaissance, and Michael N. Manley (1924 - 1997), the Jamaican politician whose ideas, and revolutionary political activity lifted the political awareness of the people of Jamaica, as well as internationally in the form of business and global relations.

"McKay and Manley, through their art and politics demonstrated a firm belief in the inter-connections of the world, as well as preserving equality and justice for all people irrespective of race, color, or class," says McCarthy. "They viewed international politics from a historical perspective; they shared a common vision of ordinary people asserting their democratic rights for liberty and equality; and they both expressed deep concerns with how power was distributed in society and between societies."

Through this unique lens, McCarthy examines the impact of globalization (capitalism) on human development in the African Diaspora, as led by corporations, imperialism and the global elites. He differentiates the dominating political ideology of the developed nations of the North, with the oppressed and developing nations of the South, and the policy gaps that continue to undermine the struggle for self-determination of people in the African Diaspora.

McCarthy successfully illustrates the historic crossroads of social change facing the entire global community and the corrective tactics currently being considered. He provides deep explorations into the writing of McKay and Manley and their well-documented common awareness despite differing historic periods, professional backgrounds and intellectual traditions.

McKay and Manley's strident call for an adherence to the continued struggle for liberty echoes through the pages of "In-Dependence" from Bondage." McCarthy has produced a significant contribution to broad studies of the African Diaspora and the collective solutions required for international relations and the survival of globalization. A profound perspective that bridges the generations, this will be considered the blueprint for the future of social, political, and economic issues worldwide.

Lloyd McCarthy was born in Mandeville, Jamaica. He is a former Jamaican public servant having held the titles of Director of Land Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister and Senior Director of Land Administration in the Ministry of Environment & Housing. McCarthy is currently an urban and regional planning consultant, and holds a Master of Arts degree from North Carolina State University, with a focus on political science and African Diaspora Affairs. McCarthy currently resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife and two sons.

"In-Dependence from Bondage" (ISBN 978-1592214655, Africa World Press, 2007) can be purchased through local and online booksellers. For more information, visit

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