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