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17:30 - 19:00 2 December 2015

Book launch: 'Race, Class, and the Politics of Decolonization: Jamaica Journals, 1961 and 1968'


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Colin Clarke, Oxford, Colin Clarke is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Oxford University and an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. He is a gold medalist of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and in 2011-2012 was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany. His books include Class, Ethnicity and Community in Southern Mexico: Oaxaca’s Peasantries (2000); Kingston, Jamaica: Urban Development and Social Change, 1692‑2002 (2006); Decolonizing the Colonial City: Urbanization and Social Stratification in Kingston, Jamaica (2006b), with Gillian Clarke Post-Colonial Trinidad: An Ethnographic Journal (2010), and edited with Gillian Clarke, War’s Nomads: A Mobile Radar Un

This book consists of two journals kept while the author was carrying out fieldwork in Jamaica. Research in Kingston and visits to rural communities in 1961 are detailed before the reader is taken into the political underworld of black racism and Marxism, where the machinations of the various political groups involved lead up to the Federal Referendum – and Jamaica’s withdrawal from the Federation of the West Indies. The 1968 journal explains the impact of independence (in 1962) and the intervening elections of 1962 and 1967 on the dissolution of the forces of black racism; and explores the beginnings of the misuse of patronage by politicians, and the deployment at election times of violence by gangs allied to the political parties.


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