Dougla in the Twenty-First Century: Adding to the Mix
By Sue Ann Barratt & Aleah N. Ranjitsingh
Series: Caribbean Studies Series
Dougla in the Twenty-First Century evaluates and theorizes how Douglas as mixed race people are categorized and accounted for in the societies in which they live. It examines how individual Douglas experience race/ethnic identities, how these identities are mediated by other social identities such as gender and class, and how they deal with the politics of identification. It explores how such identification, both by self and other, is experienced as both affirming and contentious at multiple life stages from childhood to adulthood. The text theorizes Douglas’ encounters with this, and with the force of multiple racializing discourses, deploying the concept maneuvering as a descriptive and explanatory tool to explain how they live a complex, dynamic, ongoing, enactment of agency and choice. Dougla in the Twenty-First Century, is an updated contemporary perspective from the standpoint of people who live as mixed in the Caribbean, with particular reference to Douglas in Trinidad and Tobago and to a segment of the Dougla diaspora in the United States.