The Caribbeanization of Black Politics: Race, Group Consciousness, and Political Participation in America
Posted: 17 Oct 2016
Date Written: March 17, 2017
The Caribbeanization of Black Politics: Race, Group Consciousness, and Political Participation in America examines the impact of the ethnic diversification of African American communities on the prospects for black political empowerment in four “gateway” cities of entry for black ethnic citizens - Boston, Chicago, Miami, and New York City. For the last several years, these cities have experienced an influx of black immigrants from the Cape Verdean Islands, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the West Indies.
Many studies conclude that African American group consciousness causes them to participate in politics at higher rates when socio-economic status is controlled for. In this research, I will determine whether group consciousness impacts the political participation for other black groups in the same manner. I also wish to assess the current political incorporation of these groups as indicated by African American and black ethnic office holding. Finally, I will examine the political coalitions and conflicts among African Americans and black ethnics and then predict the future of black political development in these cities.
Keywords: Afro Caribbeans, black political behavior, racial identity, racial group consciousness
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