White Squall on the Land

White Squall on the Land
Hilary Robertson-Hickling



White Squall on the Land- Narratives of Resilient Caribbean People represents the synthesis of thinking about Caribbean Migration, and mental health. The book links the experience of the home community in the Caribbean to the experience of those who have continued the Caribbean migration process to England. The ongoing struggle against “white squall” a colloquial name for the hunger and deprivation that has plagued the people of the Caribbean for centuries.

The book provides narratives of those who have remained at home and overcome the adversities through their educational opportunities and their willingness to make use of whatever possibilities are available. Then there are the narratives from the UK where the hoped for improvements expected from migration are dashed by racism, mental health challenges and a society which is hostile to the Caribbean migrant. In both cases those who overcome demonstrate remarkable levels of resilience.

Non Fiction  | ISBN: 9781908446190  | eBook

Hilary Robertson-Hickling was born in Montego Bay Jamaica into a transnational family which has lived in Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, and Europe. She has worked in mental health, education and management in the Caribbean, and its Diaspora in England and in New Zealand. She has published articles in journals, books and in the newspaper internationally. Hilary has studied at the University of the West Indies Mona, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Birmingham. Since 2000 she has been a Lecturer in the Mona School of Business and Management. She lives in Kingston Jamaica and is married to Frederick Hickling Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry with whom she has collaborated on research.

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'Hilary Robertson-Hickling’s White Squall on the Land is a deeply compassionate look at the lives of Caribbean people in the UK and Jamaica. Largely made up of interviews in the UK and the Caribbean, the book provides us with a unique perspective on the lives of the poor. Often in their own words her interviewees explain their struggles to escape poverty, the experience of racism and their efforts to overcome extraordinary odds. White Squall does not flinch from the uncomfortable truths, the mental distress and illness that engulfs generations of Caribbean people forced to adapt to a hostile world. Yet the author’s deep commitment to the people she interviews transforms the book into a story of resilience and hope.’ 
Leo Zeilig
'In White Squall on the Land, Hilary Robertson -Hickling provides us with a glimpse of the resilience demonstrated by Caribbean people at home and in the diaspora in the face of hardship . Her account of the achievements of the mental health support facility Servol is particularly heartening.'
Dr. Kim Robinson, Caribbean Quarterly, and Editor, Jamaica Journal, UWI Mona, Jamaica
'The'White Squall on the Land Narratives of Resilient Caribbean People by Dr. Hilary Robertson-Hickling probes the much neglected dimension of psychological resilience among inner-city young people who have overcome odds to achieve educational and professional success. Her narrative also plumbs the depths of despair as well as the triumphs of black migrants in Birmingham, England, and she enables us to understand the sense of purpose and guidance that allow individuals in circumstances of hopelessness and extreme pessimism to achieve empowerment. This is a very well-written, accessible and timely book given the impact of the global financial and economic crisis and it deserves to be widely read.'
Dr. Rupert Lewis, Professor of Political Thought, Department of Government, UWI, Mona, Jamaica
‘We can clearly see how the attempt to escape rather than face the Caribbean's social and economic condition brings insurmountable problems in the form of life in Britain.’
Dr. Erna Brodber, Author and Sociologist, Jamaica
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