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Title:Economics, conflicts and interculturality in a small island State: the case of Mauritius
Author:Bunwaree, Sheila S.ISNI
Periodical:Polis: revue camerounaise de science politique
Geographic term:Mauritius
Subjects:plural society
economic policy
Abstract:Mauritius has often been presented as a success story, not only because of its good economic performance but also because of its interracial harmony. However, in February 1999, Mauritius experienced important forms of civil unrest, stripping many Mauritians of their complacency and emphasizing the fragility of the 'rainbow nation'. This article outlines the economic strategies of the country, looking at some factors which have contributed to its successful development. It also analyses the asymmetrical distribution of entitlements and questions the implications of growing poverty in a small State like Mauritius. It deplores the fact that interculturality has not been given enough attention and that, instead, there has been a collage of cultures which has in many ways prevented the emergence of a sense of Mauritian-ness. The article further discusses the challenges confronting the Mauritian State under globalization, arguing that Mauritius may not even be able to use its smallness as a tool of economic diplomacy in this increasingly liberalized era. Bibliogr., sum. (p. 5-6). [ASC Leiden abstract]