KINGSTON, JAMAICA

URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE 1692-2002

2006
Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers
pp. 378
ISBN 0-9753529-4-6

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Kingston, Jamaica: Urban Development and Social Change, 1692‑2002 presents a cross-sectional approach to the social and economic development – slavery, post-emancipation, decolonization and independence – of one of the most vibrant cities in the Caribbean. This new edition of Colin Clarke’s path-breaking book extends the examination and analysis of Kingston’s social and economic development from the end of the colonial period in 1962 to the contemporary scene in the early 2000s. Colin Clarke not only reflects on his original fieldwork of forty-five years earlier and evaluates the existing text in relation to social theory in the intervening years, but also introduces the reader to the process of decolonization and its implications for urbanization, economic development and social change. He also examines the social and spatial structure of Kingston since 1962, focusing on urban decentralization, the development of uptown and downtown, and the shift towards greater class entrenchment under the impact of structural adjustment. An outstanding feature of the book is the use of cartography to express both social and spatial development and to explore the relationship between class, race/colour, family structure and religion.

Assessments of the original 1975 volume
‘Erudite, literate and beautifully illustrated, this book was a delight to read.’
–David Watts, Hull University

‘This book is something of a milestone. It is the first detailed study of a major urban settlement in the Anglophone Caribbean, and a very good one.’ 
– Barry Higman, Australian National University

Densely-occupied rented tenements in inner West Kingston
Densely-occupied rented tenements in inner West Kingston

 

Great-house style mansion in elite area of Kingston
Great-house style mansion in elite area of Kingston