Nested Identities: Ethnicity, Community and the Nature of Group Conflict in Mauritius



The tourist brochures depict Mauritius as a tropical paradise where a multi-ethnic population cohabits in perfect harmony. This portrayal of Mauritius in the popular literature is supported by academics (Bowman 1991). But the political system is also openly communal, whilst social interaction is limited: endogamy remains the norm (Nave 1997). Even the political parties which gained popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s on a non-communal platform have now openly espoused ‘scientific communalism’, and the apportionment of electoral tickets by the main parties to candidates hoping to contest constituencies remains fixed by ethnic and casteist principles.


Social Exchange Political Interest Cultural Transmission Plural Society Ethnic Conflict 
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