Society and Politics in Belize
Belize is an anomalous society.1 On the one hand, it is singular among Caribbean societies because of its Central American location; on the other hand, despite its location, it is rarely included in discussions of Central American politics and societies. Belize’s historical connections — cultural, economic and political — have been largely with the Anglophone Caribbean, and there can be no doubt that Belize is part of the Caribbean ‘socio-cultural area’,2 yet the country’s future may well lie in closer relations with its immediate neighbours. Perhaps given this position, Belize may be able to play a special role as a link between Central American and Caribbean societies.3 At any rate, the culturally and racially pluralistic nature of the society, which includes a large proportion of Creole or Afro-Belizeans, the persistence of colonialism until very recently, the liberal-democratic nature of the political system, and the increasingly pervasive influence of the United States, are features that Belize shares with many other Caribbean nations.
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