Ethnicity, Class, and Nationalism

Ethnicity, Class, and Nationalism : Caribbean and Extra-Caribbean Dimensions

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Celebrants of an ever-emerging "globalization" fly the banner of free trade, the mass marketization of once faltering economies, and rising economic and social standards for all. Many opponents to globalization rightfully point out that borders still exist largely for the purposes of keeping one "commodity" in its place: the labor commodity or, the more familiar, immigrant. Arguments of this type are often steeped in economic and social discourse. Race and ethnicity are seen as either being subsumed by this discourse or are entirely ignored as incidental to this type of political thought. In Ethnicity, Class and Nationalism: Caribbean and Extra-Caribbean Dimensions specialists writing on the Caribbean form of the nation-state place race and ethnicity--along with class--in its proper context: at the very foundations of the modern nation. Editor Anton L. Allahar has handpicked scholarship that is both contemporary and expert in its consideration of Caribbean geo-politics. Furthermore, essays in this volume include comparative cases from around the globe.
In the interest of locating race and ethnicity as sociological and political categories that are inimical to contemporary conceptions of the nation state, Allahar explores spaces other than the Caribbean. The result is a comparative study that is unique in scope and also in its level of scholarly reflection. This book is the first of its kind. It is essential reading for anyone interested in advancing their analysis of political, economic, social, and cultural thought in the Caribbean.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 302 pages
  • 144.8 x 231.1 x 30.5mm | 567g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739108875
  • 9780739108871

About Anton L. Allahar

Anton L. Allahar is Professor of Sociology at University of Western Ontario.
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This volume dutifully gathers a variety of interesting cases to illustrate processes of identity formation, conflict and social change in a useful and well-documented resource for anyone looking for a solid introduction to the complex articulators of ethnicity, nationalism and class in the Caribbean at a time when many of the region's communities have been impacted, in varying ways, by the developing context of global political economy. All of this is to be appreciated. -- Jeff Shantz Studies In Ethnicity and Nationalism
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Table of contents

1 Foreword Chapter 2 Situating Ethnic Nationalism in the Caribbean Chapter 3 Are We All Creoles Now? Ethnicity and Nation in a Heterogeneous Caribbean Diaspora Chapter 4 Nationalism, Identity and the Banking Sector: the English-Speaking Caribbean in the Era of Financial Globalization Chapter 5 The Contemporary Crisis in Guyanese National Identification Chapter 6 Black Power and Black Nationalism: Lessons from the US for the Caribbean? Chapter 7 All Power a la Gente: Black Power, the Young Lords and Puerto Rican Nationalism in the US, 1966-1972 Chapter 8 Political and Ethnic Identity in a Post-Colonial Communal Democracy: the Case of Fiji Chapter 9 Ethnicity and Nationalism: the Kurds in Turkey, 1923-1980 Chapter 10 Class, 'Race,' and Ethnic Nationalism in Trinidad
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