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Rhoda Reddock

Victimhood Discourses in Postcolonial Multiethnic Societies (25.04.2017)

This lecture seeks to provide a new conceptual and analytical framework for understanding how problematic conceptions of ‘self’ and ‘other’ are constructed among communities and within groups and communities in post-colonial multi-ethnic societies. While using the specific case of Trinidad and Tobago, it draws on experiences from post-colonial societies in similar situations globally exploring dimensions of inter-ethnic tensions, competition, conflict and social relations and their gendered manifestations.  Drawing on ideas from political psychology it explores the efforts of postcolonial societies to build nation-states out of the violent and unequal legacy of racialized and ethnicized colonial political economy.


Main Research Interests

  • Women’s labour
  • Gender and history
  • The intersectionality of race, class and gender

Publications (selected)

  • Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities: Theoretical and Empirical Analyses. St. Augustine: University of the West Indies Press, 2004.
  • Caribbean Sociology: Introductory Readings. Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers, 2001.
  • Women, Labour and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago: A History. In: Palgrave Macmillan Journals 1998


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