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Alfonso Munera is the author of El fracaso de la nación – Región, clase y raza en el Caribe colombiano ( avg rating, 1 rating, 0 reviews) and Empresa. El fracaso de la nación abordó por primera vez en la historia de Americana Latina la participación de los afrodecendientes en la contruccion de la nación. by . El Fracaso de La Nacion by Alfonso Munera, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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The political elites of any country, at a certain point in time, normally right around independence, have to decide how to best achieve their main goals, which are: Race should thus not be treated as a cause, or independent variable, but as an effect or outcome, a dependent variable.

Sign In or Create an Account. This was achieved through a massive promotion through all the means that these modern states had at their disposal: I truly hope that some of my thoughts on this issue of multiculturalism and racialization in the Caribbean resonate with your own experiences and that they provestimulating.

By ordering life around the doctrine “the whiter the better” political elites are able to weaken potential power contenders, breaking them apart. Normally, they explain a lot.

El Fracaso de La Nacion : Region, Clase y Raza En El Caribe Colombiano (1717-1821)

The classic example for this is Canada, where Anglophones and Francophones were able to defend their different cultures and languages – as tracaso as the native Inuit, who achieved state autonomy from the central government in by creating the autonomous territory of Nunavut.

In most cases, these groups also did not merge into a larger black group with the local “colonials. Look at the history of the Jews in Europe or the Japanese Burakumin for examples on how “races” are made through discrimination. Secondly, I will seek to deconstruct the notion of multiculturalism and argue that what we really are confronted with in the region is not multiculturalism, but European monoculturalism. Just imagine what could fraxaso if nacioj had reliable information about black unemployment compared to white unemployment, black and white educational levels, incarceration rates, etc.

And what can be said about multiculturalism and racialization in the Caribbean? To come back to my topic, I suggests that the first learning in this reflection is that groups are social phenomena that need to be mutually recognized for them to have any effect on real life.


Both Brazil and Mexico to this day deal with the legacies of those days, because in the name of nationalism, difference was abolished, but equality did not follow. If the political elites are not powerful enough or too small in number and if they do not have enough obvious allies, the story gets more complicated. The term nation, in highly inequitable societies such as Colombia’s, refers to a project set in the future, and it is not uncommon to find the expression “construction of a nation”.

University of North Carolina Press. At the same time, the word patria was used in the origins of the republic to invoke in its favor feelings of local belonging forged in previous centuries and which are today extemporaneous.

Multiculturalism and Racialization in Latin America and the Caribbean

This is the insight of Rogers Brubaker 17when he discusses the role of “ethnopolitical entrepreneurs” in forging groupness. I have launched this initiate in April of and we published the papers presented at the initial conference as a book, entitled Afrodescendants, Identity, and the Struggle for Development in the Americas.

Rastafarianism and Black Nationalism, to the contrary, have done precisely that an in doing so they represent the only true, and known, multicultural and multinational projects in the region, even if there are others, such as the movement of Garifunas, Cimarrones, Palenqueros, and others. It is how biology is interpreted, categorized, and hierarchized. Precisley due to a very pervasive framing of “one nation, undivided” the legitimacy for groupness has been severly undermined almost everywhere in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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This is even more astounding if we consider that in some islands, there are virtually no biological whites. Slavery after Rome, — With such racist thoughts, practices, and institutions as a backdrop, racial democracy and the idea of a cosmic race seemed very promising to all those that had previously been declared unfit, uncivilized, barbaric and degenerate mongrels by European and US scientists and their local elite adepts.

Reiter, Bernd a Kimberly Eison Simmons eds. They rule and decide what is worthy and beautiful. We now also know more about the situation of indigenous and black groups living in Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua, thanks to the outstanding work of people like Juliet Hooker 7.


Latin American social movements are as powerful as ever and they clearly demonstrate that no change will come from above -just as American civil rights did not come from above. It took many years of clandestine organizing and careful mobilizing, sometimes under the disguise of the Catholic Church, to finally break the power of traditional elites and their military governments.

Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Researcher and professor at the University of South Florida. Accordingly, the racial regimes look and operate very differently in different countries – but they all achieve the same outcome: Michigan State University Press.

Maybe as a German I can say: For whatever reason, research on nationalism, multiculturalism, and cultural rights in the Caribbean is scarce and where it exists, it does not reach a broader audience, maybe because other problems seem more important.

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Inciting to a Republican Discussion. In doing that, colorism is a racial project, even if it differs from those enacted and reproduced elsewhere. Of course, this stressing of the new ran against all those that were not new to this region: The answer to this question for political elites is simple: But as time went on, it became clear that this was after all only a story, propagated by powerful state elites who seemed to spare no effort in proclaiming equality while constantly enacting inequality.

I want to argue here today that research on how nations are defined and by whom this defining is muners is of the utmost importance and consequence. Most users should sign in with their email address. These two motives are universal – at least we can assume them to be for analytical purposes, so we can then see how much fl these assumption render.

You could not be signed in. It is based on the recognition of groups perceived as being different.