Donald Keith Robotham

/Donald Keith Robotham
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Donald Keith Robotham is Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate School. Previously, he was Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School for Graduate studies and Research at the University of the West Indies. He did his first degree at the University of the West Indies in Sociology and his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, the University of Cambridge. His fieldwork has been in the gold mines of Ghana and in various countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. He is the author of Militants or Proletarians? The economic culture of goldminers in southern Ghana (African Studies Centre, University of Cambridge) and of key critiques of the theory of cultural pluralism. In 1996 he gave the annual Distinguished Lecture at the Spring Meeting of the American Ethnological Society on “Transnationalism in the Caribbean: Formal and Informal” (American Ethnologist, May 1998). His recent publications include “Postcolonialities: the rise of new modernities” (International Social Science Journal, September 1997); Beyond Postcolonialism in Understanding Society (Sage, London, 1999); “Blackening the Nation: the travails of a black bourgeoisie in a globalized world” in Identities Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2000. His current interests are in political and economic development in the Caribbean and West Africa and in contemporary postcolonial and postmodern theory.