Multiculturalism In The Caribbean

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ABSTRACT This Research paper is about multiculturalism which in ordinary parlance refers to the state of co-existence of diverse culture, where culture includes racial, religious or cultural groups. It manifested in customary behaviors, cultural assumptions, and values, patterns of thinking and commitment of revaluing disrespecting identities and changing dominant patterns of representation and communication that marginalize certain groups (Young 1990, Taylor: 1992, Gutman: 2003). So its consequence was that the Caribbean culture has become an integrated cultural region. Caribbean people themselves often speak as though the region was a seamless expression of common customs, beliefs, and values. The historical facts, native traditions, and…show more content…
It includes a wide range of claims involving religion, language, ethnicity, nationality and rare Caribbean culture which underwent different phases of colonial subjugation by different European colonizing powers and made it a melting pot of different cultures. The economic pursuits adopted by these colonizing powers and introduction of labor-intensive plantation industry necessitated bringing in the indentured labor force from different Asian, African and Latin American countries which led to the formation of a multicultural matrix in St. Lucia prior to the birth of future Nobel laureate Derek…show more content…
In the poem which was written on the eve of St. Lucia’s independence, Walcott seems to imply that something new culture has arisen, one distinct from those of Africa or even Europe. A people who had once felt themselves “homeless” have begun to feel at home. Yet he remains unclear at this early moment in Walcott’s career precisely what such a culture looks like from the poet’s point of view- how St. Lucia relates to Africa and to Europe, to other West Indian islands, and to what extent those relationships are relevant. The notion of “multiculturalism” casting just doesn’t figure in the Caribbean, which has been a polyglot of cultures for centuries. “we don’t think that way in the Caribbean", he says. "An actor could be Indian, Chinese, anything and we don't say, ‘oh we're having a big undertaking.” The Swedish Academy noted Walcott’s cultural background in its

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