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Race, Creolization, Globalization, and Public Policy in Trinidad

Race, Creolization, Globalization, and Public Policy in Trinidad

Chapter:
(p.49) 2 Race, Creolization, Globalization, and Public Policy in Trinidad
Source:
Caribbean Masala
Author(s):
Dave RamsaranLinden F. Lewis
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496818041.003.0003

This chapter discusses the nexus between globalization, racial identity, and public policy in Trinidad. Specifically, it analyzes how racial identity can be used to contest public policies that are enacted to facilitate the globalization process. In the case of Trinidad, the foundation of racial identity was established in the colonial state with its race, class, and color hierarchy. Racial groupings were defined within this framework vis-à-vis other groups in society, and power was an essential element with respect to how those positions evolved. In a society such as Trinidad's, where race has been a key organizing factor in the distribution of state power, it now becomes the principal arena where the negative effects of globalization are hashed out. Some have suggested that the impact of globalization can intensify the problems inherent to a system that uses race as an organizing principle.

Keywords:   globalization, racial identity, public policy, Trinidad, racial groupings, state power

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