ABSTRACT

This chapter seeks to deepen our understanding of how cultural narratives are built up and sustained in unequal power relationships using communication and anthropological tools to study international finance, taxation and the legal regulations that enable élites around the world to use the Cayman Islands financial industry. It aims to provide a more intimate understanding of the Cayman Islands as an international financial community through ethnographic fieldwork based on interviews, experience of several local financial industry conferences, and day-to-day observations of island life in the Cayman Islands. It also describes the relationship between expatriate and local populations in the context of an offshore financial centre. This is based on several years of ethnographic field research conducted between 2013 and 2017 in the Cayman Islands. In spite of increased attention and dialogue on Caribbean offshore financial centres, very little is known about the expatriate and indigenous populations who call such places their home. I focused on the experience of communication and integration of individuals to the Cayman Islands in order to understand how norms and values are imported, reproduced and modified there.