Race and biologized conceptions of ethnicity were powerful elements within the making of the Americas. they continue to be an important, whether extra ambiguously than ahead of. This number of essays addresses the workings of ethnicity within the Caribbean, part of the Americas the place, from the early days of empire via today’s post-colonial limbo, this phenomenon has arguably remained within the middle of public society in addition to deepest existence. those analyses of race and nation-building, more and more major in today’s global, are commonly pertinent to the research of present and foreign relations.
The ten widespread students contributing to this publication specialize in the importance of ethnicity for social constitution and nationwide identification within the Caribbean. Their essays span a interval from the preliminary ecu colonization all the way through today’s paradoxical stability sheet of decolonization. They take care of the full sector in addition to the importance of the diaspora and the ongoing influence of metropolitan linkages. the themes addressed range from the foreign repercussions of Haiti’s black revolution during the place of French Caribbean békés and the Barbadian ‘redlegs’ to race in innovative Cuba; from Puerto Rican dance etiquette throughout the Latin American and Caribbean id essay to the discourse of Dominican nationhood; and from a musée imaginaire in Guyane via Jamaica’s put up independence tradition to the trouble of Dutch Caribbean decolonization. Taken jointly, those essays offer an extraordinary and terribly wealthy comparative standpoint to the learn of ethnicity as an important issue shaping either intimate family members and the general public or even foreign measurement of Caribbean societies.
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