Urban Life in Kingston Jamaica: The Culture and Class Ideology of Two Neighborhoods, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Urban Life in Kingston Jamaica

The Culture and Class Ideology of Two Neighborhoods, 1st Edition

By Diane J. Austin


306 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Tables; Introduction to the Series; Preface; Introduction; 1. Class, Politics and Education in Jamaica 2. Selton and Vermount: Two Kingston Neighborhoods 3. Life in Selton Town 4. Life in Vermount 5. Politics and Power in the Neighborhood 6. Religion in the Neighborhood 7. Sport and Leisure in the Neighborhood 8. Conflict and Dispute in Selton Town and Vermount 9. Ideology and Hegemony in Selton Town and Vermount 10. Case Studies: The Middle Class Position 11. Case Studies: The Working Class Position 12. Conclusions; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Subject Index; Author Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban Studies

Reissuing works originally published between 1968 and 1997, this 24 volume set offers a selection of scholarship on urban studies. Topics include urban policy, urban economics, and identity and poverty in urban communities. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology and urban studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban