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Department of Government
Reconsidering the role of the middle class in Caribbean politics
New Caribbean thought: A reader
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The University of the West Indies Press
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Examines the changes in composition of the middle class from above and below since independence. Concludes that the 'embourgeoisification' of sections of the middle class is one important development that requires further research. The tendency within the region has been for the Left to write off the middle classes except for those persons who were ideologically sympathetic to left-wing movements. However, there are indications that as a result of any wave of social upheaval, mass protest or revolutionary transition new forces from the middle strata arise to implement and direct alternative policies in the process of institutionalizing change. Calls for a keener sense of how this middle class is changing, what is its capacity to move from a political/administrative class to an entrepreneurial group and what are the corresponding political conceptions given this transition....