Michael John

Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow

20192020 Forum on Kinship

Michael John

Political Science

CAS, 2020

Ethnic Identity in the Anglo-Phone Carribean

Guyana is a country located on the South American continent with strong ties to the anglophone Caribbean, due to its colonial legacy. The historical progression of this small nations’ political institutions has been driven by a stark racial agenda. The country is divided between three main ethnic groups composed of East Indian, African and Indigenous descent. As a very ethnically diverse country, racial politics has had an important role in the performance of democracy in the country. My project will question the implications of ethnic diversity on the performance of political institutions and challenges of economic development within Guyana in the post-colonial era.