Pan-Africanism & the Belizean State: Some Preliminary Notes

Posted: 19 Oct 2016

Date Written: October 17, 2016


The goal of this paper is to employ a Pan-Africanist frame of reference for understanding the emergence of Belizean independence and the evolution of the Belizean state. The paper explores the following questions: What insights do we gain from viewing Belize through a Pan-Africanist prism? What does an independent Belizean state mean from this perspective? How does it assist us in understanding the structure of the state and its location within the prevailing international system? What is the relationship between the Belizean state and the progressive forces within its boundaries? Finally, what do we gain from employing this particular framework in understanding contemporary challenges to Belizean sovereignty? In order to answer these questions, the paper utilizes concepts including the fractured state, dependency and the ruling class.

Keywords: Pan-Africanism, Belize

Suggested Citation

Young, Kurt, Pan-Africanism & the Belizean State: Some Preliminary Notes (October 17, 2016). 2017 National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS) Annual Meeting, Available at SSRN:

Kurt Young (Contact Author)

Clark Atlanta University ( email )

223 James P. Brawley
Atlanta, GA 30314
United States

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