Exceptional Violence: Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica (BOK)

Deborah Thomas

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Exceptional Violence is a sophisticated examination of postcolonial state formation in Caribbean, considered across time and space, from the period of imperial New World expansion to the contemporary neoliberal era, and from Kingston neighbourhoods to the broader transnational socioeconomic and political field. Deborah A. Thomas takes as her immediate focus violence in Jamaica and representations of that violence as they circulate in the country and abroad. Through an analysis encompassing Kingston communities, Jamaica's national media, works of popular culture, notions of respectability, practices of punishment and discipline during slavery, the effects of intensified migration, and Jamaica's national cultural policy, Thomas develops several arguments. Violence in Jamaica is the complicated result of a structural history of colonialism and underdevelopment, not a cultural characteristic passed from one generation to the next. Citizenship is embodied; scholars must be attentive to how race, gender, and sexuality have been made to matter over time. Suggesting that U.S. anthropology should engage more deeply with history and political economy, Thomas mobilizes a concept of reparations as a framework for thinking, a rubric useful in its emphasis on structural and historical lineages.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Deborah Thomas
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780822350866
Antall sider 312 Dimensjoner 15,5cm x 23,1cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 363 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Violence in society, Cultural studies

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