Urban Life in Kingston Jamaica: The Culture and Class Ideology of Two Neighborhoods

1st Edition

Diane J. Austin

Routledge
Published April 9, 2019
Reference - 306 Pages
ISBN 9781138894877 - CAT# Y328263
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Urban Studies

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Summary

This book, first published in 1984, recounts the daily life, the politics, religion and leisure pursuits of Jamaicans in working- and middle-class Kingston. The study is based upon the author’s observations of life in Selton Town and Vermount, two neighborhoods of Kingston, between 1971 and 1982. The author analyses the local social conflicts and ideologies, thereby, demonstrating how larger issues of class domination and cultural hegemony pervade neighbourhood life. The study provides a detailed contextual account of the significance of belonging to different classes. It provides a different perspective of Caribbean anthropology combining the techniques of ethnography and political economy.

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