[I made lots of notes this week. It was a good week. My ideas were free-flowing.]
Q: Clarify Segments and Sections?
- How does Eric Williams concept of the legacy of structures, political and economic, speak to the failings/gaps of M.G. Smith?
- Slavery was de jure, now de facto
Issue – Comitas speaks both glowingly about the hard-working nature of rural Jamaicans, but also disparagingly about how glued they were to their collectivities
Q: China as a homogenous society? But isn’t this idea of a culture as a purity also what Smith based his pluralism in response to? As in -> even this homogeneity is a social construct?
Statecraft perspective (almost) legitimizes the actions of Kissinger etc in response to the failures of plural societies in the Caribbean.
–> When we hear attacks today on plural societies this is again what we are hearing = statecraft. Which may lead inevitably to challenges against minority groups.