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Caribbean MasalaIndian Identity in Guyana and Trinidad$
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Dave Ramsaran and Linden F. Lewis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496818041

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496818041.001.0001

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Race, Creolization, Globalization, and Public Policy in Trinidad

Race, Creolization, Globalization, and Public Policy in Trinidad

(p.49) 2 Race, Creolization, Globalization, and Public Policy in Trinidad
Caribbean Masala

Dave Ramsaran

Linden F. Lewis

University Press of Mississippi

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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