Imperialism and the Inferiority Complex in the Caribbean Analytical Essay by Mr

Imperialism and the Inferiority Complex in the Caribbean
An examination of the issues of colonialism and imperialism in the Caribbean.
# 152111 | 1,657 words | 8 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Dec 30, 2012 in International Relations (General)

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This paper explores the issue of colonialism and imperialism within the context of Caribbean political thought. The paper explains that imperialism is a process of political and economic control over less privileged countries, often referred to as Third World countries, that are mostly in Africa, Caribbean, Asia and South America. The paper refers to the works of Franz Fannon, Emmanuel Aghiri, Cheryl Payer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and other revolutionary theorists, and concludes by considering whether there is anything that Caribbean countries could do to lessen the trade disparity between them and industrialized countries.

From the Paper:

"For the most part these two concepts are intertwined. That means that one cannot speak of Colonialism without a mention of Imperialism. But to keep things is clearer perspective it is important to note that Colonialism involves the direct takeover of a nation often by a foreign power through the exercise of its superior military or police force. During the colonial periods some countries had to confront their colonizers by force as was the situation in Algeria where the native Algerians had to take on the French colonial administration. In fact one of the authors whose work is cited as one of the sources was involved in the Algerian struggle for Independence from France. In the book "Black Skin, White Masks Ed by Homi Bhabha and Ziauddin Sardat the authors noted that "Fanon arrived in Algeria just as the colony was on the verge of a full blown, violent struggle against the French. He was appalled by the racist treatment of Algerians and the disparity he witnessed between the living standards of the European colonizers and the indigenous Arab population. He developed a close rapport with the Algerian poor and used group therapy to help, as well as study, his patients.( Homi K. Bhabha and Ziauddin Sardar, 1967, p viii)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arghiri Emmanuel, 1962. "Echange inegal," in Emmanuel & Bettelheim 1962, pp. 1-32
  • Black Skin, White Masks" Franz Fannon, Introduction by Homi K. Bhabha and Ziauddin Sardar, London: Pluto Press 9780745328485 p. Viii
  • CHERYL PAYER (1974) the Debt Trap: The IMF and the Third World Harmondsworth, Penguin Books
  • The Final Call (n.d): The History of American Imperialism in the Caribbean Accessed November 22, 2012, from:
  • Meriam Webster (n.d) Imperialism Definition Accessed on Nov 23, 2012 from:

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