Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science
Anton Allahar with this Caribbean Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Anton Allahar, Professor

Cross appointed to the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism,
University of Western Ontario

Full CV pdf

News

Apr. 6 "Recognizing 40 years of engaged education" Western Social Science

Mar. 28 was awarded 2017 Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Western University), his 7th teaching award.

Feb. 8 "Anton Allahar — a serendipitous vocation" the Gazette

Recent Activities

Fri. Apr. 7 presented Keynote “The political economy of migration: 'race' and ethnicity in Canada's Caribbean diaspora” at the MER 2017 Graduate Student Conference, Western University

Wed. Mar. 29 presented “Colonial mischief: the legacies of racism and violence in the Caribbean” Caribbean Students Organization, Western University

Mar. 23 presented "Democracy on trial: Donald Trump, post-truth, fake news and alternative facts” Social Science Speaker Series, Fanshawe College.

Mar. 11 presented “Selling the modern university” at the March Break Open House, Western University

Mar. 10 interviewed by Tom Howell for CBC Radio on “Conservative thought.”  Interview to be broadcast May 22.

Mar. 10 presented “The death of the traditional university,” Public Sociology at Western/SGSA invited speaker at the Annual Sociology Graduate Student Conference, Western University

  • Bio

  • Teaching

  • Publications

  • Research

Biographical Information

Ph.D Sociology, U. of Toronto
M.A. Sociology, U. of Toronto (Gold Medal Winner)
B.A. Hons Sociology, U. of Toronto
Diploma in Arts, Ryerson

Special Appointments and Honours (recent)

Lifetime Achievement Award, Caribbean Studies Association, 2014

Adjunct Professor, Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Resolution, Western University, 2014.

Chosen by the Trinidad & Tobago High Commission, Ottawa, Canada, as a distinguished Trinidadian in Canada and included in a special Commemorative Book marking 50 years of cooperation between the governments of Trinidad & Tobago and Canada. August, 2012.

Listed in Who’s who in the Trinidad & Tobago diaspora. Michele Reis (ed). Pompano FL: Caribbean Studies Press, 2012.

2011 - Reconocimiento de Destacado Colaborador (Outstanding Researcher Recognition)
Centro de Estudios Cuba-Caribe, La Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba

April 14-21, 2011 - Visiting Professor
Department of Marxism-Leninism, Faculty of Social Sciences, Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba

January-June 2011 - Visiting Professor
Department of Government & Sociology, The University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus), Barbados

Brief Bio

Anton Allahar was born in Trinidad, West Indies, and completed his PhD in Political & Economic Sociology at the University of Toronto. He is currently a Full Professor of Sociology at The University of Western Ontario (Canada). Professor Allahar’s principal areas of interest are economic development, the politics of globalization & democracy, and ethnic and racial relations, as these apply to the Caribbean and Latin America. His books include: The Sugar Planters of Colonial Cuba. Toronto: Two-Thirds Editions (1982); Class, Politics and Sugar in Colonial Cuba. New York: Mellen (1990); Is there Life after Debt? The Latin American Debt Crisis. Montreal: IOHE (1993); Sociology and the Periphery: Theories and Issues. Toronto: Garamond (1995); Generation on Hold: Coming of Age in the Late 20th Century. New York: New York University Press (1996); Richer and Poorer: the Structure of Inequality in Canada. Toronto: Lorimer (1998); Critical Youth Studies: a Canadian Focus, Toronto: Pearson-Prentice Hall (2006), Ivory Tower Blues: a university system in crisis, Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2007), La Tour de Papier: L’université mais à quel prix? Montréal: Les Édicions Logiques, (2010), and Lowering Higher Education: the rise of the corporate university and the decline of liberal education. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2011). Anton has also edited Caribbean Charisma. Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers (2001), Diasporas and Transnational Identities, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum (2001), Diasporic Identity: Myth Culture and the Politics of Home, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum(2002), and Ethnicity, Class and Nationalism: Caribbean and Extra-Caribbean Dimensions. New York: Lexington Books (2005). In addition Professor Allahar has written over 70 refereed articles and book chapters on related themes and has won 6 major awards for excellence in teaching, including the USC/Bank of Nova Scotia award in 1996 and again in 2002. He is the only person ever to have won this award twice. Before this Anton was honoured with the UWO's Gold Medal and Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1986 and more recently he won 3 major awards for excellence in university teaching: the province-wide OCUFA in 2004 and the national 3M award in 2005. In June 2007 Professor Allahar won the inaugural Leadership in Faculty Teaching award (LIFT) sponsored by the Government of Ontario. Professor Allahar has delivered over 80 papers at international conferences and has been invited to lecture at some 20 different universities internationally. In addition in 1997 Professor Allahar was appointed as external adviser to the University of the South Pacific (Fiji), and each Summer since 2002 he has been invited to design and teach a course entitled "Ethnicity and Nationalism in the New World Order," at St. Petersburg State University (formerly University of Leningrad) in Russia. In 2004 Dr. Allahar was made a "Special Honorary Research Professor” (Invesitgador Honorífico Especial) at La Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, and in 2007 “Special Invited Professor" (Categoría Docente Especial de Profesor Invitado), at La Universidad de la Habana, and in 2011 he received Reconocimiento de Destacado Colaborador (Outstanding Researcher Recognition) from the Centro de Estudios Cuba-Caribe, La Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Anton is also a "Fellow" of the Centre for Caribbean Thought at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica), and has held appointments as Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica) 2004, and at the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill, Barbados) in 2011. Based on his combined scholarly publications and awards of excellence in teaching, also in July 2007, Dr. Allahar was named Faculty Scholar at The University of Western Ontario. In 2007-08 Dr. Allahar also served as President of the prestigious Caribbean Studies Association, whose membership is drawn from over 200 universities and 60 countries internationally. In this capacity he was invited to accompany Prime Minister Stephen Harper on a trip to the Caribbean (July 2007) where the PM met with a group of Caribbean prime ministers.

Languages: English, Spanish, French

Teaching Awards

2017 Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Western University)

2009 Finalist in the TVO Best Lecturer Competition

2007 Faculty Scholar Award, The University of Western Ontario (Jul 07 - Jun 09)

2007 Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

2005 3M National Teaching Fellow, Award of Excellence in Teaching

2004 OCUFA Award of Excellence in Teaching

2003 Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (UWO)

1996 Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (UWO)

 

Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy of teaching and education is best described as critical, democratic, and egalitarian.  It deals with the dynamic tension between the individual and society, and highlights the need for individuals to be made aware of their social responsibilities. Cultivating that awareness is synonymous with teaching, which is the process by which individuals are encouraged to stand outside of their individual selves, outside of their narrow, personal interests, and to see societal goals as superior to their own. I am convinced that a society is only as strong as its least educated citizen, and to this end the purpose of education is to strengthen the community, whether it is the local, provincial, national, or even the international community. For no individual, regardless of his or her number of degrees and diplomas, is worth anything if the wider social context that nurtures and sustains him or her is left to ruin.

Education for some is a right, and I am in agreement with that; but like all rights, it comes with important responsibilities. And this is where the critical aspect of teaching and education is key. For what I advocate is not a blind endorsement of what might well be an unjust social order, but rather a social order consisting of, and fashioned by, an informed (educated) citizenry, that is able to challenge injustice in any form. In this context every individual has a social responsibility to the wider social whole of which he or she is a part. Thus understood, teaching and education ought to enable us to see that wider whole and to put its interests and welfare above  narrow, personal, sectarian interests.

My teaching philosophy, therefore, makes a firm distinction between teaching/education, on the one hand, and training, on the other. The first, which speaks to my democratic and egalitarian concerns, embraces central philosophical issues that lie at the heart of the human community: the promotion of social justice, the inculcation of a sense of morality and social responsibility, a restless commitment to the pursuit of social equality, and the recognition of the dignity of all women and men irrespective of class, culture or country. In the teaching and educational process this is achieved by putting the stock of human knowledge in the service of humanity, especially the least fortunate and least able, and not using it to diminish some and elevate others. Training, on the other hand, is equally important, but speaks to acquisition of technical knowledge and the details that are specific to a given field. As such, training is more narrow, particular, and instrumentally geared to meeting definable goals and honing personal careers. In an ideal situation, then, we would have a harmony between education and training, but the former must never be made to take a back seat to the latter, for without an educated and socially responsible population, all the "training" in the world will amount to nothing.

In sum, teaching is about the dissemination of knowledge, and the ability to learn even as one teaches. And while knowledge bestows privilege and power, it also demands duty and social responsibility. "It is used not to compete with one's fellow beings for some unending standard of life, but to achieve for them, as for oneself, a higher quality of life."

Thesis Supervision

Supervisory Status: MA, PhD

Current Supervision

Esra Ari (PhD)

PhD Dissertation

Marylynn Steckley, “Agrarian Change and Peasant prospects in Haiti.” PhD Dissertation in Geography.

Amanda Zavitz Gocan, "Manufacturing Content: The Portrayal of Aboriginals in the Mainstream Press"

MA Theses in Sociology

Harmeet Sandhu (research paper), "Beyond the Land of Five Rivers: Inequality and Class Consciousness in the Canadian Sikh Diaspora"

Adam Jog, "The value of postsecondary education: human capital theory in Ontario’s postsecondary education discourse 1962-2005” (Co-supervisor)

Caylee Cody, "The Social Costs of Industrial Growth in the Sub-Arctic Regions of Canada: A Comparative Analysis of Attawapiskat First Nation and the Innu Nation"

Andrea Flynn, "Defying Demographic Expectations: Induced Abortion, Contraceptive Use, and the ‘Culture’ of Birth Control in Cuba”

Rena Bivens,  "The Road to War: Manufacturing Public Opinion in Support of US Foreign Policy Goals"

Frances Cachon, "Global Economics and the Deficit of Humanity"

Filip Alexandrescu, "Sociological Perspectives on the Environment and the Environmental Movement"

Ruth Zuchter, "Diplomacy and the United Nations: Peace, Security, and Human Rights in East Timor, 1975-1999"

Yuko Naka, "The Black Savage and the Yellow Peril: The Social Construction of the Blacks and the Japanese in Canada"

Andrea Taylor, "Perceiving Discrimination: Does Proximity Really Reduce Distance?"

Holly Bell,  "Moral Entrepreneurship and Employment Equity: The Case of The University of Western Ontario"

Andrew Woolford, "Class and Ideology in Chiapas: The EZLN's Political Project"

Heather Pearson, "Underemployment of Women in Science Compared with Other Fields: A Test of Bourdieu's Theory of Social Reproduction"

Mario Nigro, "The Effects of Ethnicity and Social Status, and Intra-Group Differences in Attitudes toward Police among the Chinese Community of Metropolitan Toronto"

Cynthia Cammidge, "The Ideology and Practice of Democracy: A Study of American Foreign Policy"

MA Thesis in Theory and Criticism

Christine Tetrault, "Cultural Capital, Private/Public Intellectuals, and the Politics of Pedagogy"

MA Research Papers

Houda Babetti, "The process of ethnic identity formation among second-generation immigrants of Arab/Middle Eastern descent"

Ryan Turner, "The Role of the State in 21st Century Capitalism"

Houda Babetti, "The Process of  Ethnic Identity Formation Amongst Second-Generation Immigrants of Arab/Middle Eastern Descent”

Gökhan Erol, "Unfree Labour Under the Representation of Unfree Trade Unions: United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada and Labour Migration"

Nicola Samaroo, "Race and Social Control: The Racialization of the Political and National Consciousness of Trinidad and Tobago"

Manbir Bajwa, "Globalization and Economic Development: Investigating the Effects of IMF Neoliberal Policies on Jamaica"

Angela Hick, "The Filipina Connection: The Face of Exploitation in Canada's Live-in Caregiver Program"

Alissa Mazar, "'New' and 'Old' Social Movement Paradigms: Justice for Seasonal Agricultural Workers?"

Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
>for more see pdf Full CV

Book Chapters

(forthcoming) “Citizenship and Belonging: forging a Caribbean identity” (pp. 113-139) in Globalization sovereignty and citizenship in the Caribbean, Hilbourne A. Watson (ed). Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press.”

(2016) “Sovereignty and instances of violence: colonial and neo-colonial moments” (pp. 38-66) in A Future without Borders: Theories and practices of cosmopolitan peacebuilding,  Eddy Souffrant (ed).  Boston: Brill.

(2016) “How distorted democracy conditions distorted development: the English-speaking Caribbean” (pp. 1-22) in Contradictory Existence: Democracy and Neoliberalism in the Caribbean, Dave Ramsaran (ed). Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers.

(2016) “John Anthony La Rose: tireless advocate for social justice” (pp. 34-37) in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, (Franklin Knight and Henry Louis Gates Jr. eds) Oxford University Press.

(2016) “Oliver Cromwell Cox: a case of scholarly neglect” (pp. 241-243) in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, (Franklin Knight and Henry Louis Gates Jr. eds) Oxford University Press.

(2016) “Tubal Uriah “Buzz” Butler: defender of workers’ rights” (pp. 453-456) in Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Franklin Knight and Henry Louis Gates Jr. eds) Oxford University Press.

(2014)  “La supuesta independencia caribeña: ¿mito o realidad?”  (Chap. 2, pp. 23-42) in El Caribe: independencia, identidad e integración,  Jacqueline Laguardia Martínez (ed). La Habana: Editorial Ciéncias Sociales.

(2013) “La economia política de la ‘raza’ y las clases en la diáspora caribeña en Canadá” (pp. 104-145) in Conexión Canadá-Caribe: política, economía, historia y migraciones recientes, La Habana: CEDEM.

(2013) "Dependent capitalism and the challenge to democracy and sovereignty in the Caribbean" (pp. 88-112) in Linden Lewis (ed). Caribbean Sovereignty, Development and Democracy in an Age of Globalization, New York: Routledge.

(2012) "Majority rights and special rights for minorities: Canadian blacks, social incorporation and multiculturalism" (pp. 166-183) in Managing Ethno-Cultural Diversity in Canada and China: comparative perspectives, Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press. 2012

Refereed Articles:

(2014) “Looking back and moving forward: reflections on Latin American and Caribbean Studies” Interview with Bridget Brereton. Special issue of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (39)3: 445-454. (with Linden F. Lewis).

(2014) “Introduction: situating Oliver Cromwell Cox, 1901-1974.” Special issue of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (39)3: 339-344. (with Linden F. Lewis).

(2014) “Marxist or not? Oliver Cromwell Cox on capitalism and class versus ‘race’” Special issue of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (39)3: 420-444.

(2014) “Gordon K. Lewis: an appreciation.” Caribbean Quarterly: a journal of Caribbean culture (60)1: 117-127.

(2013) “The bureaucratic imperative: economic and political challenges to Cuban socialism in the early 21st century.” The CLR James Journal (19)1-2: 392-422. (with Nelson P. Valdés).

(2012) "Cuba: un faro de libertad caribeña." Revista Santiago (127)1: 148-158.

(2012) "Rum sweet rum, when ah call yuh ...." Carib Xplorer: life and science of the Caribbean. (2)1: 31-35.

Research

Professor Allahar studies the economic and political sociology of the Caribbean, with particular emphasis on ideology, ethnicity, class and nationalism. Internationally recognized for his research, he is currently the president of the Caribbean Studies Association and a Faculty Scholar.

Current Research Projects

A Conversation about the Nature of Morality and the Correct Path to 'Salvation'

The Nature of Truth

Associations

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA)

Cuba Research and Analysis Group (CRAG), University of New Mexico.

Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS)

Ontario Co-operative Programme in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (OCPLACS)

Casa del Caribe (Santiago de Cuba)

Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)

Centre for Interdisciplinary Historical Studies (UWO)

Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association

Society for Caribbean Studies (England)

Political Economy Research Group, UWO

Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) (life member)

Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) (life member)