THE NATIONAL THING IS A SCENARIO NOT MADE FOR WE THIRD WORLD MASSIVE: A CASE OF WORKING-CLASS YOUTH ON SAINT MAARTEN & SINT MAARTEN EMANCIPATING THEIR MINDS FROM EXCLUSIVE NATIONALISM

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Abstract

We still live in a world where ethno-racial nationalisms obfuscate the recognition of our common humanity. This situation is even more alarming when one takes into consideration the predation of working class migrants by unscrupulous agents of global capitalism.

For critically engaged anthropologists it is pertinent to track and record the everyday experiments that seek to contest capitalist exploitation and deconstruct the common sense of ethno-racial nationalisms. Based on ethnographic material collected on the bi-national Caribbean island of Saint Martin and Sint Maarten, I will demonstrate how working class youngsters employ Conscious Reggae music and Rastafari ideology to cultivate a postnational and anti-capitalist sense of panhuman belonging.

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