History This Week

Recording Guyanese political history: Memory, `archives’ and narrative overlook

History This Week No.49/2010

By Nigel Westmaas This essay is concerned about the politics of memory.  As Guyana’s newest political (elections) season unfurls there will be  numerous references to events, concepts and phrases that support attendant political narratives, that is, Guyanese political history as mainly defined by the two mass political parties that have been at the helm of the country’s political life since 1953.

History This Week: Creating and solidifying African ethnic identity in Guiana

History this week                    No. 31/2010 This article briefly explores the creation and solidification of African ethnic identity and the incorporation of Guiana into the world economy and argues that historically the intensification of ethnic contestation between Africans and other ethnic groups was a consequence of the structural contradictions that lie beneath the construction and reproduction of ethnicity in Guiana in order to support capitalism and its inequitable division of labour.

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