Threats to National and Cultural Identity

  • Rex Nettleford


The trinity of peace, development and security is still all-pervasive enough to affect all aspects of Caribbean concerns about itself as a region and about its constituent island and mainland territories. The region now finds itself particularly vulnerable on questions of cultural sovereignty and identity, once seemingly harmless and inconsequential areas of activity. They have, however, been areas which the old colonialism had for centuries exploited to establish effective domination by metropole over periphery and which the new colonialism (read, superpower hegemony) now assaults with uninhibited vigour to guarantee to the known contenders for global power control over strategic spheres of influence in the bitter ideological warfare that has afflicted the planet since the end of World War II. The Caribbean is one such ‘sphere of influence’ in that postwar scenario. It is therefore ripe for study and analysis in any investigation into the perspectives of peace, development and security in the inescapable trek by all mankind to the twentyfirst century.


Cultural Identity Psychological Control Cultural Reality Twentyfirst Century Satellite Dish 
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© Anthony T. Bryan, J. Edward Greene and Timothy M. Shaw 1990

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