DECOLONIZING THE COLONIAL CITY

URBANIZATION AND STRATIFICATION IN KINGSTON, JAMAICA

2006
Oxford: Oxford University Press
pp. 298

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In this sequel to Kingston, Jamaica: Urban Development and Social Change, 1692-1972 (1975), Colin Clarke investigates the role of class, colour, race and culture (family, religion and education) in the changing social stratification and spatial patterning of the capital since independence in 1962. He also assesses the strains – created by the doubling of the population – on labour and housing markets, which are themselves important ingredients of social stratification. Special attention is given to colour, class and race segregation, to the formation of the Kingston ghetto, to the role of politics in the creation of zones of violence and drug trading in downtown Kingston, and to the contribution of the arts to the evolution of national culture. The book concludes with an evaluation of the decolonization of Kingston.

Informal market in shopping area of central Kingston
Informal market in shopping area of central Kingston

 

Small middle-class house in Kingston’s suburbs – mental escapism to the US by satellite
Small middle-class house in Kingston’s suburbs – mental escapism to the US by satellite