Item description for Demeaned but Empowered: The Social Power of the Urban Poor in Jamaica by Obika Gray...
Gray's central thesis asserts that the Jamaican state is a form of predatory state that incorporates contradictory social forces into an arrangement that is hierarchical, often brutal and ultimately debilitating to democracy. He introduces a series of constructs to support this argument, but the more interesting and novel theses are to be found in his vivid description of the social forces that resist the predatory state and how they have carved out a modicum of autonomy based on what he describes as an elaborate value system of "badness/honour".
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Studio: University of the West Indies Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2004
Publisher University of West Indies Press
ISBN 9766401535 ISBN13 9789766401535
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More About Obika Gray
Obika Gray is Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He is author of Radicalism and Social Change in Jamaica, 1960-1972.