The Caribbeanization of Black Politics: Race, Group Consciousness, and Political Participation in America

Posted: 17 Oct 2016  

Sharon Austin

University of Florida

Date Written: March 17, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Austin, Sharon, The Caribbeanization of Black Politics: Race, Group Consciousness, and Political Participation in America (March 17, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2852524

Sharon Austin (Contact Author)

University of Florida ( email )

PO Box 117165, 201 Stuzin Hall
Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
United States

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