Eyeing nationalism's hold on modern consciousness from positions deep inside the nation-state's borderlands, Postnationalism Prefigured traces a story of displacement, innocent terrors, and unfulfilled collective ambition. It is also a story of hope. Drawing on ethnography, history, fiction, popular culture, and his own experiences as a Jamaican-born anthropologist, Charles V. Carnegie assembles and interprets the experiences of a diverse array of people--albinos, slave runaways, followers of Marcus Garvey, traders, and transients. Through them, he demonstrates that race and nation are exhausted conceptual and organizational forms. He shows many of these borderland people making alliances across racial and territorial boundaries and producing richly textured forms of transnational life well before transnationalism became fashionable in social analysis. Extending the horizons of current scholarship, Postnationalism Prefigured points towards possibilities for new forms of world community that can accommodate local histories, cultures, and loyalties in a larger global framework.