POLITICS OF IDENTITY IN SMALL PLURAL SOCIETIES. GUYANA, THE FIJI ISLANDS, AND TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.
New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2012. 1st ed. 8vo, bds, 219 p., index, bibl. New Hardcover 9780230339873 People around the globe have found comfort and strength in mobilizing around culture and ethnic identities more than they have successfully organized around class. This book provides an ethnographic account of the politicization of ethnicity in small plural societies. Whatever else cultural and ethnic differences may contribute to society, in small plural societies, cultural differences can be exaggerated, exploited and intensified during political contests by both politicians and the electorate alike. What is at stake? For small, economically fragile societies, democratic survival - and sometimes even the state itself. The chapter on Trinidad is entitled "The politics of accomodation" and discusses Political Development under British Rule, Competing Folklores after Independence, The One-Party Dominance of the PNM 1956-1986, the Rainbow Coalition (NAR, 1986-1991), the Indian Political Ascendancy: 1995-2010, the Economic Character of the Postcolonial State, and Interethic Dialogues. (Item ID: 153713)