Bajans have mixed values, survey shows

Barbadians still want to hold on to their traditional community values, even though many have now adopted an ‘American’ way of life, according to the findings of a national values assessment survey.

The research, which canvassed over 1100 views, was carried out by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) on behalf of the Government of Barbados.

SALISES Director Don Marshall presented the first copy of the report to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart during a ceremony at Ilaro Court last night, ahead of the September 26 official launch of the report.

In providing what he termed “a sneak insight” into the document, Marshall said “there is strong evidence that we’re driven to an American manner of society, but there is also a hankering for a return to some ideas of the politics of the common good, [of] looking out for your brother and your sister.

“Those values oriented around the promotion of the common good seem to trump the crass individualism that is revealed in the comments that [are] written and from the interviews that we had,” the political scientist added.

During the launch of the island’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of independence last year, the Prime Minister had posed three questions for reflection by the average Barbadian.

These are: “What features of Barbadian life have we lost that we need to reclaim?; What features of Barbadian life have we not lost that we need to retain?; and What features of Barbadian life we have not lost that we need to discard as quickly as possible?”

Marshall said that Stuart’s three questions provided the context of his team’s research, which revealed a strong national sentiment among Barbadians.

“There wasn’t any single returning form where the [respondents] stuck to the five, six, seven lines that were on the paper. They would turn the back  and continue to write.

“People care about Barbados, they care about where Barbados is going. Some have nostalgic views about Barbados, some also labour with retrospective illusions. That is to say they imagine Barbados the way it never was.

“Nonetheless there was  a sense in which people felt they had to cogitate, reflect and write about what they feel are the values that we need to retain, and the values that we need to drop,” he added.

8 Responses to Bajans have mixed values, survey shows

  1. jrsmith September 14, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Yes which american way of life , black or white america , we are black so thats why its ghettos and boys in the hood attitude , guns and drugs everywhere …… take a look back 50 years at black america, take a look back 50 years at barbados ………..

  2. BIGSKY September 14, 2017 at 5:38 am

    These surveys are a waste of tax payers money,the money paid for this survey could have probably helped a number of households.Too much of taxpayers money spend fattening the wealthy through Inquiries,Surveys,,Consultants and all else.

  3. Sheron Inniss September 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I was or never can be Americanized. I can see. I have always believed that if somewhere is doing good use it to our advantage or forget it. Plus I have never believed in comparing bad with worse. Makes no sense to me.

    I also love to read and to that I say Amen.

    Those who want to adopt other people’s ways usually get blind side.

  4. fedup September 14, 2017 at 6:34 am

    He let go his? Steupse.

  5. Greengiant September 14, 2017 at 6:59 am

    The survey was done by the students at the U W I, it didn’t fatten the pockets of wealthy. It provided young Caribbean people with the professional training needed to help them serve us later. This is why the old people always said, “pebbles and big rocks don’t dance on the same floor”. You obviously don’t understand these things, and should just read the article quietly.@BIGSKY

  6. BaJan boy September 14, 2017 at 7:38 am

    It is part of the fatted calf and he is entitled to some or so he thinks.

  7. Richard Johnston September 14, 2017 at 9:33 am

    What, pray tell, are American values and way of life?

  8. Nikolai S September 14, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    There isn’t much by way of elaboration here. What exactly are the traditions bajans feel must be retained? Homophobia? Subservience? Deference to bureaucracy? Xenophobia?
    What are the American values? Violence? Gregariousness?


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