Labour and the Multiracial Project in the Caribbean

Labour and the Multiracial Project in the Caribbean

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The Multiracial Project in the Caribbean is a detailed case study of emancipatory racial unity in post-colonial politics. Sara Abraham argues that the Caribbean provides a good site for studying unity as the major population groups share equal power bases, unlike in metropolitan countries. She offers a rich exploration of the four historical periods of multi-racial political unity in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana: the 1930s, 1970s, and the 1980s. In each of these cases unity was an important goal and the focus of organized social movements as the countries attempted to break out of colonial legacies of division. Abraham explores several immediate factors which led to social change, including: the structural conditions in the political system that allowed movements of unity to gain center stage, the new class formation as the social basis for a new politics, and the moral courage of the activists themselves, which is represented by first hand accounts from contemporary activists and a Caribbean political elder.
*The Multiracial Project in the Caribbean* is a comprehensive and accessible work, suitable for sociologists and historians of the area as well as general readers with an interest in race relations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073911686X
  • 9780739116869

About Sara Abraham

Sara Abraham is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Types of Multiracialism Chapter 2 Plantations, Widespread Labour Rebellions and Popular Multiracialism Chapter 3 Nationalist Multiracial Unity, Its Breakup, and the Rise of the Party System Chapter 4 "It was Going So Good": Solidaristic Multiracial Unity in the 60s, 70s, & 80s Chapter 5 The 1986 National Alliance or Strategic Multiracialism Chapter 6 Tales from the Streets and Fields Chapter 7 Concluding Reflections, Ongoing Struggles
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Review quote

Abraham draws readers into a mind-set away from a focus on just the race or ethnicity of the participants in Trinidadian and Guyanese life, and toward their social placement as well. Recommended. CHOICE Labour and the Multiracial Project is an ambitious and novel approach to the issues that have plagued the political, social, and cultural development of Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana throughout most of their modern histories. New West Indian Guide
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