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Title: Introduction: Representing Crime, Violence and Jamaica
Authors: Evans, L
Jaffe, R
First Published: 2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 2019, in press
Abstract: The transformation of politically affiliated Jamaican gangs into transnational criminal organisations in the 1980s generated media reports that criminalised black masculinity and associated Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora in Europe and North America with a ‘culture of violence’ (Scott 1997; Thomas 2011). This has continued into the twenty-first century with, for example, the media coverage of the Tivoli Gardens don and Shower Posse leader Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke’s arrest and extradition in 2010. Representations of ‘yardies’ in film, popular music, fiction and investigative nonfiction have similarly often reinforced cultural, racial and sexual stereotypes (Murji 2009). These kinds of popular and media narratives of crime and violence in Jamaica and the Jamaican diaspora have perpetuated what Gilroy calls the myth of black criminality (Gilroy 1987, 118) and reinforced ‘imaginative geographies’, rooted in colonial perspectives, that ‘depict Jamaica as a lawless, criminogenic space’ (Jaffe 2014, 159). In this special issue we consider how representations of various kinds may reconfigure widespread associations of Jamaica with crime and violence. While these representations can contribute to the reproduction of stereotypical associations, they can also challenge dominant understandings by questioning and complicating assumptions around national and cultural identity, race, class, gender and sexuality, and by reframing the contexts and causes of crime in Jamaica and in the Jamaican diaspora. The articles collected here cover a wide range of representational forms and modes, including fiction, biography, film, photography, oral history, popular music, painting and street art.
eISSN: 1469-929X
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Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
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