Coloring the Social Structure


in Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032641
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038230 | DOI:
Coloring the Social Structure

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This chapter attempts to analyze the ways in which the Duvalierist state used an inherited color ideology and how racial politics become central to the exercise of power and to the creation of consent in Haiti. It argues that under the regime of Francois Duvalier, the categories of color/race and class took different meanings. The chapter suggests that under the Duvalierist state, racial consciousness became the only form of consent and that the black middle class was the only natural representation of the majority and of the masses.

Keywords: color ideology; Haiti; Duvalierist state; racial politics; race; racial consciousness; Francois Duvalier

Chapter.  9311 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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