Ethnic Minorities in Caribbean Society

Ethnic Minorities in Caribbean Society

Ethnic Minorities in Caribbean Society

Ethnic Minorities in Caribbean Society

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In the present world context where totalizing constructs are being questioned and challenged, studies of ethnicity and identity have become popular once more. In the Commonwealth Caribbean as well as the wider Caribbean Region, this has been no less true. The reality, of course, is that, to varying degrees, problems of racism and "colourism" against and among Caribbean people continue to be relevant today and to shape class and gender relations in fundamental ways. The recognition of diversity and difference among peoples of the Region is clearly a matter for serious scholarship and consideration.

This volume, however, does not completely fulfil the task of giving voice to, or making visible, some of this Caribbean diversity. Nevertheless it should be seen as a contribution to a developing body of data. These studies were carried out by scholars during the period 1990-92, in different parts of the Region using similar terms of reference. It was funded by the Ford Foundation and together comprised one component of the Race, Class and Gender sub-project of the Future of the Caribbean Research Project.

The co-coordinators of this sub-project were J. Edward Greene, then university director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), based at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, and myself, Rhoda Reddock. The successful publication of these papers owes much to the continued support provided by the present university director of the ISER, Professor Selwyn Ryan of the UWI, St. Augustine campus.

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