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By Joan M Rawlins

The definition and evolution of the types of race and ethnicity have lengthy been issues of discussion between historians and students of social anthropology. This booklet examines how the meanings and values of race and ethnicity were developed traditionally and the way they're represented symbolically, with specific concentrate on the Caribbean. Alleyne examines the historic improvement of those different types in Europe, in Asia and in Africa after which proceeds to an in-depth research of the Caribbean, with a spotlight on Puerto Rico, Martinique and Jamaica as 3 diversified modalities of race and ethnicity and 3 varied colonial platforms. via a special method grounded in linguistic, ethnographic and historical research, Alleyne attracts on a wide range of proof and eventually opposes the generally held inspiration that racial antagonism opposed to black humans is the outcome of recent global slavery within the interval following the invention of the Americas within the overdue 15th century. Of specific curiosity to the educational viewers within the fields of historical past, linguistics, African American and ethnic experiences, sociology, and anthropology, this booklet additionally appeals to basic readers drawn to problems with race, ethnicity and the ancient adventure of African and African-descended peoples.

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