In the grand design of slavery in the Caribbean, White planters separated African slaves of similar tribal and linguistic groups in an effort to destroy African cultural traditions. The result was an African population that lost most of its African heritage and adopted a creolized variant of European culture. The dominance of Creolization, a colonial legacy, ignores the Caribbean multiethnic mosaic and endangers national unity, good governance, and political stability. Through a series of readings, this book argues that the Creolization is antithetical and challenging to nation building and results in cultural and working-class fragmentation, competition for national space, ranking, ethno-cultural categorization, racialization of consciousness, cultural imperialism, use of the 'political' race card, and ethnic dominance. This book acknowledges the need to create a framework for mutual cultural appreciation and institutionalization of all cultures in the pursuit of national unity in the Caribbean.
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About the Author
Prem Misir is the Pro-Chancellor at the University of Guyana.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Figures and Tables Part 2 Foreword: Some Obligations of Caribbean Government Part 3 A Note: Multiculturalism, Plural Colonial Societies and Creolization Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 India and the Indian Diaspora: The Continuing Links Chapter 6 The Caribbean: Race and Creol Ethnicity Chapter 7 "Coolitude": The Diasporic Indian's Response to Creolization, Negritude and the Ranking Game Chapter 8 The "Creolization" of Indian Women in Trinidad Chapter 9 Race as a Contradiction amoung the Working People Chapter 10 Race, Class, Color and Religion Chapter 11 A Plea for Rationality Chapter 12 Culture and Politics: Changing Scenarios in the Commonwealth Caribbean Chapter 13 The Social Construction of Race-Ethnic Conflict in Guyana Chapter 14 Out of Many, One Caribbean Chapter 15 Unity and Diversity in Multicultural Socities Chapter 16 Towards National Unity in Multicultural Caribbean Socities