fc46_lecture 15 (11-5-07)

fc46_lecture 15 (11-5-07) - Jodi Krakower FC 46 Caribbean...

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Jodi Krakower FC 46 – Caribbean Societies Lecture 11-5-07 Jamaica: Island of Extremes Objectives - Introduction to Jamaica: the third of our case studies - Contrasting Views and conditions of life on the island - The island’s democratic political development - Reasons for the high level of political violence in Jamaica Official view: Jamaica as a modern society - Beautiful country - Modern office blocks - Modern factories o Leading producer of bauxite - Beautiful homes - Happy people - Tourist haven - Paradise for some, Babylon for many o Bob Marley “think you’re in heaven, but you’re living in hell” An Island of Extremes - Extreme poverty o No welfare - Huge contrast between rich and poor - A stable democracy, but high crime rate - Culturally dazzling but economically bankrupt - Jamaica sometimes befuddles Some basic facts on Jamaica - About size of Connecticut - Population: 2.6 million o 1/3 of Jamaicans not living in Jamaica New York, Miami - Predominantly black o Middle/upper classes black, mixed, white, Chinese
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