The Mauritian Paradox: Fifty years of Development, Diversity and Democracy

Ramtohul, Ramola, Eriksen, Thomas Hylland
University of Mauritius Press, 12. apr. 2018 - 292 sider
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Speaking of Mauritius as an economic miracle has become a cliché, and with good reason: Its development since Independence in 1968 can easily be narrated as a rags-to-riches story. In addition, it is a stable democracy capable of containing the conflict potential inherent in its complex ethnic and religious demography.

This book brings together some of the finest scholarship, domestic as well as foreign, on contemporary Mauritius, offering perspectives from constitutional law, cultural studies, sociology, archaeology, economics, social anthropology and more. While celebrating the indisputable, and impressive, achievements of the Mauritian nation on its fiftieth birthday, this book is far from toothless. Looking back inevitably implies looking ahead, and in order to do so, critical self-scrutiny is essential, to be able to learn from the mistakes of the past.

The contributors raise fundamental questions concerning a broad range of issues, from the dilemmas of multiculturalism to the marginal role of women in public life, from the question of constitutional reform and the continued problem of corruption to the slow destruction of Mauritius’ joy and pride, namely the beauty and purity of its natural scenery. Taking stock of the first fifty years, this book also looks ahead to the next fifty years, giving some cues as to where Mauritius can and should aim in the next decades.


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The Constitution at 50
Stability and Dilemmas The Mauritian Electoral System
Political Leadership in Mauritius The Trappings of the Poster Child Syndrome
The Media as Agents of Democracy in Mauritius Issues and Challenges since Independence
Mauritius Economic Success Uncovered
Genealogies of a Miracle A Historical Anthropology of the Mauritian Export Processing Zone
Small is beautiful but is it viable? Scale and Mauritian options for the next 50 years
The Materiality of Multiculturalism An Archaeological Perspective
Young People Living Multiculturalism in Contemporary Mauritius
From Language to Religion in Mauritian NationBuilding
Performative Historiography of the Mother Tongue Reading Kreol outside a Colonial and Nationalist Approach
Deconstructing Mauritian Literature
For Mauritians Joy for Chagossians Sadness Mauritian Independence the Sacrifice of the Chagos Archipelago and the Suffering of the Chagos Islanders
Being Mauritian IndoMauritians in the UK
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Transcending Intersectional Identities The Womens Movement in Postcolonial Mauritius

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Ramola Ramtohul is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Mauritius. She has published on gender and politics, citizenship, higher education and elite migration in Mauritius. Ramtohul has received research awards from the University of Cape Town, American Association of University Women, University of Cambridge and University of Pretoria and is currently co-editor of Journal of Contemporary African Studies.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He has done research on Mauritius since the 1980s, and has published books and articles about ethnic relations, national identity and cultural dynamics in Mauritius. Eriksen has also published in a number of other fields, and is a well-known anthropologist.

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