Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work

First Advisor

Ramcharan, Subhas,


Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.



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This research examined the extent to which the "regulated" nature of group competition, characteristics of Afro-Indo Trinidadian inter-ethnic economic and political competition, has been responsible for peaceful intergroup relations for the past three decades. The central theoretical construct used in this thesis, that of the Rational Choice Theory of Race and Ethnic Relations, proved essential to the study. It enabled the researcher to adequately explore certain "situational" phenomena present in Trinidadian society that contributed to the persistence of intergroup and societal stability. An examination of some of the historical and situational factors at work in the society helped in large measure to mitigate some of the potentially divisive forces prevalent in multiracial Trinidadian society. The granting of Crown Lands to the Indo-Trinidadians, the decline of the colonial colour-class system and the emergence of a bullish oil export economy were some of the factors that contributed to the maintenance of intergroup "stability" within a societal framework characterized by a high potential for intergroup and societal instability.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .S554. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0571. Chairperson: Subhas Ramcharan. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.