This essay situates Guyana’s recent election standoff in a longer, relatively unbroken trajectory of racially divisive politics. It explores how historically oppressed peoples have directed their hostility at each other while governments have worked with extractive industries to perpetuate a neo-imperial economidepenc structure. The recent discovery of major offshore oil deposits has started a new cycle of this economic dency on commodity exports and multinational corporations while raising the stakes of racialized domestic political competition.
Oil Fuels Guyana’s Internecine Conflict
Alissa Trotz is a professor of Caribbean studies and director of women and gender studies at the University of Toronto. This is a revised and expanded version of an essay that appeared in Guyana’s Stabroek News in June 2020.
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Arif Bulkan, Alissa Trotz; Oil Fuels Guyana’s Internecine Conflict. Current History 1 February 2021; 120 (823): 71–77. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2021.120.823.71
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