Caribbean Studies Essay

1011 Words Apr 4th, 2012 5 Pages
Account for the changing role that Race, Colour and Ethnic affiliation play in Caribbean Society and Culture Subject: Caribbean Studies Teacher: Mrs. L. Nation
Account for the changing role that Race, Colour and Ethnic affiliation play in Caribbean Society and Culture

The root of Caribbean Society and Culture is on the plantation. Mustapha (2009) posits that “The plantation played the principal role in the development of Caribbean culture.” Indeed there are
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Another theory which has been attached to Caribbean society is Creolization which Brathwaite (1974) defines as “the process through which the various groups in the Caribbean society absorb each other’s cultural products.” Mustapha (2009) further states that in Creolization “Relationships are based on a colour/class hierarchy”. Scholars view Creolization as the creation of a Eurocentric culture by the inhabitants of the region. However arguments against Creolization are that it only considers the relationship between the Europeans and the Africans, and completely discounts other ethnic groups.
In truth and in fact, there is no one set theory which can describe Caribbean Society and Culture as the region is an amalgamation of all three theories. Historically the Plantation System governed over our society and hence the society was stratified according to colour, with black slaves getting the short end of the proverbial “stick” both as a virtue of the fact that they were slaves, but also that as blacks they were seen as inferior.
Mulattoes fared slightly better, as some were freed by their planted parents, or at least made to do less menial tasks as house slaves. Indeed they were looked upon favourably by the slaves as they were treated well due to their light

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