This collection of essays addresses the allegations of racism as one of the major themes in political commentaries in the multiethnic Caribbean and its diaspora. In this context, several ethnic groups ply for scarce resources, so the principles of fairness and equality in resource distribution become critical to societal stability. The book advocates an understanding of inter and intra-ethnic class structure as a useful conceptual tool to address the issues of ethnic cleavage, racism, and discrimination.
Prem Misir is Pro-Chancellor at the University of Guyana.
Preface by Prem Misir; Foreword by Aubrey Bonnette; A Note by Janet Jagan; Introduction by Prem Misir; 1. Race-Ethnicity and Types of Dominance by Benjamin B. Ringer & Elinor R. Lawless; 2. The Changing Alignment Between Ethnicity and Politics by J.G. La Guerre Identity, Nationalism and Elite Domination: The English Speaking West Indies by Percy C. Hintzen; 3. Identity, Nationalism and Elite Domination: The English Speaking West Indies by Percy C. Hintzen; 4. Aspirations of Teachers in Guyana: A Comparative Analysis of Working-Class East Indian, African, and Mixed Teachers by Prem Misir; 5. Participative Democracy or Party/Race Consolidation?: The 1996 Local Government Elections in Trinidad by Bishnu Ragoonath; 6. Occupation and Status Change Among Caribbean Immigrants: Implications for Adjustments and Mental Health by Lear Matthews; 7. Caribbean East Indian Immigrants and Politics in Queens, New York by Frankie Ramadar; 8. Conflict and Cleavage in Venezuela by Ronald Singh; 9. Basdeo Panday: His Struggle Against East Indians as Inverted Racists by Prem Misir; References; Index.