Inge Helena Valencia P.
Universidad Icesi, Colombia


Multicultural recognition across Latin America, granted to some populations because of their cultural singularity has had varied effects. This recognition granted following an ethnicist model allowed populations that had been previously left aside from national project to become integrated to the State through differential policies and categories, by classifying them as ethnic groups or minorities. However, multicultural recognition has had other effects, such as bringing in conflicts for the access to territorial rights or resources, or the erasure of other identity expressions, mostly among Afro-Caribbean populations. This article aims to present an overview of identity phenomena among several Afro-Caribbean populations settled in the Colombian Caribbean region in order to put forward alternative interpretations of the ethnicized multiculturalism phenomenon.

Keywords: Multiculturalism; Colombia; Caribbean; ethnicity; creolization.