Edited by Liah Greenfeld and Zeying Wu
Chapter 7: Ressentiment, nationalism and the emergence of political culture in Grenada
Scheler’s concept of ressentiment provides both insight and much needed critical analysis of Grenada’s political culture and its influence on development. This chapter analyses the political culture created by elites during the colonial and post-colonial periods. These political elites shaped the political and socio-economic institutions that dictated decision-making and social relationships until the 1950s. Historically, political culture has not featured in many analyses of Grenadian society and has been considered insignificant by most social scientists studying Grenada’s political and economic development. Instead, since the 1950s, scholarly discourse on Grenadian politics has largely focused on politics within the frameworks of colonialism, class, race, democracy, socialism, and how economic development has been helped or thwarted. The chapter argues that these concepts by themselves explain little about the nature of Grenada’s politics, and even less about politicians’ inability to address developmental problems. This chapter offers an alternative methodological and theoretical framework for analysing Grenada’s politics.
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