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Politics of Identity in Small Plural Societies

Guyana, the Fiji Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Stacey-Ann Wilson
      Pages 1-12
  3. Framing the Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Stacey-Ann Wilson
      Pages 15-28
    3. Stacey-Ann Wilson
      Pages 29-54
    4. Stacey-Ann Wilson
      Pages 55-71
  4. Ethnicity and Politics in Small Developing States

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Stacey-Ann Wilson
      Pages 75-97
    3. Stacey-Ann Wilson
      Pages 99-124
    4. Stacey-Ann Wilson
      Pages 125-151
    5. Stacey-Ann Wilson
      Pages 153-159
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 161-219

About this book


In small plural societies, cultural differences can be exaggerated, exploited and intensified during political contests. The survival of these societies as democracies - or even at all - hangs in the balance.


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About the authors

STACEY-ANN WILSONPolitical scientist serving as a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Bibliographic information


'Wilson's analysis demonstrates how in the permanency of scarce benefits and spoils, negative ethnicity endures as the best tool of the political elite. It is well argued, thoroughly documented, and helpfully comparative. It should be the last stop for anyone who wants to understand the politics of small states.'

Raymond Muhula, World Bank

'This is an original and significant book. It makes important contributions to the disciplines of political science, sociology, history, and anthropology, adding to and updating the scant literature on the politics of small states, specifically our knowledge of contemporary politics in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the Fiji Islands. This book provides a riveting study of how elites and electorates manipulate ethnicity in pursuit of scarce benefits and spoils, and poses new questions and new paradigms for future comparative work.'

Marilyn Lashley, Howard University