The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 45, Issue 1

Article 2
Racism in the Twentieth Century: A Call for New Epistemologies

Elaine P. Rocha


This article stresses the need for new epistemologies to discuss racism in relation to the changes and dynamics that occurred during the twentieth century. Based on ideas developed mostly during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, racism has been at the foundation of governments’ politics and policies. However, as human society evolves, and new paradigms and dynamics of social and cultural relations have been and are continuously being transformed, a review of the old epistemologies and a search for new ones become necessary to achieve a better understanding of the phenomenon today.