A good account of the rise and (partial) demise of pluralism in that society is w f wertheim's indonesian society in transition (1956) later writers (including , for example, m g smith , the plural society in the british west indies, 1965) extended furnivall's usage to include the post-colonial and multi-racial societies of the. Smith and others whose critical data and arguments have forced me to rethink lllany points in iny understanding of pluralism and plural societies i though it is 8 / mg smiili fedon's revolt to 195132 and since illustrate furnivall's thesis in those respects grenada arid jamaica do not differ radically from other west. The term “plural society” which is associated with the writings of j s furnivall ( 1944, 1945, 1948) has gained wide currency in the last few years on the one hand it has been hailed “as essential for comparative sociology” (m g smith 1960: 763) and “as a field of crucial and strategic importance for sociological theory. 19 plural society thesis – mg smith the plural society theory, first conceptualised by js furnivall (1944) and further promulgated by mg smith ( 1960), posits that societies with many cultures and ethnicities, such as those in the caribbean, co-exist but only do so in the marketplace ethnic groups keep their own. Of conflict and consensus theory to two different kinds of society we conclude that neither of these assumptions is integral to plural theory per se plural theory is capable of asking the appropriate questions concerning how the vertical corporations of a plum1 society are created, maintained, and transformed m g smith. Plural society theory the foundations of the theory of plural societies were laid by j s furnivall writing primarily about indonesia and m g smith writing about the british west indies we begin therefore by referring to their basic formulations of the problem furnivall builds upon the work of the dutch economist j h boeke.
In kinship and community in carriacou (1962), mg smith documents what he calls “abnor- mal” sexual relations ence on “mg smith: social theory and anthropology in the caribbean and beyond,” hosted by the centre for “ homogenous” society in contrast to the “plural societies” which consumed so much of his. Besson, jean 2011 m g smith's plural society theory and the challenge of caribbean creolization in: brian meeks, ed caribbean reasonings: m g smith: social theory and anthropology in the caribbean and beyond kingston and miami: ian randle publishers, pp 22-42 isbn 978-976-637-533-1. Equally paradigmatic during the postwar decades was the debate surrounding the plural society thesis the leading proponent was mg smith, a middle-class jamaican who studied under daryll forde in london and whose early work was on west africa following british colonial administrator js furnivall and dutch. Jan 8, 2014 the concept of the plural society the term “plural society” which is associated with the writings of js furnivall (1944, 1945, 1948) has gained wide “as essential for comparative sociology” (mg smith 1960, 763) and “ as fuel of crucial and strategic importance for sociological theory” (rex 1959, 114.
This collection of essays, presented at the 2008 caribbean reasonings conference held in honour of mg smith, is divided into three parts in part one, ' critical contestations,' both sides of the creole society debate are argued while the argument is also made for and against smith's plural society theory in part two. It is well known by now that furnivall 18 was the first to characterize a colonial society as `plural' and since then, in one sense or another, the notion has been widely used in the analysis of certain societies outside west europe and the united states, particularly by m g smith with reference to the west indies19 what was. The legacy of george l beckfords plantation economy thesis in jamaica in: new west indian guide/ nieuwe thesis to mg smith (1956), who in fact provides a demographic and social structural explanation, and fails to plural society approach to caribbean land tenure systems yet, as noted in my reply to carnegie.
Theories of caribbean society sy26b week 4-5 plantation society plantation society/economy: “countrieswhere the internal and external dimensions of the plural society seems calm because under pressure of force independence would lead to anarchy and interethnic strife in struggle for hegemony pluralism plural. Reconstitution of post-imperial societies the concepts of economic and political migration and migrant ethnic mobilisation an overall general theory of nationalism and ethnicity, transcending the more specific theories m g smith sees the nature of the separate groups and what bind them together in a larger society.
3 in effect, societal integration in the colonized plural society was maintained because of the political and economic domination of the colonizer furnivall's mg smith spoke of the need for some sort of “central regulative organization” which would differentially incorporate the structures of pluralism to maintain order 7.