Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
African American Studies
Downtown, Gender, Higglers, Jamaica, Womanhood, working-class women
Social and Behavioral Sciences
This project examines the lived experiences of higglers in Downtown, Kingston, and how they survive Jamaica’s misogynistic capitalist patriarchal society as marginalized Black working-class women. Data were gathered through a series of semi-structured and unstructured interviews, and participant observation and journal entries. My theoretical frame employed historical materialism and Black Feminist epistemological standpoints which include Caribbean, African, and ‘Third World’ feminism, through a gendered lens to deconstruct neoliberal global capitalism in neocolonial Jamaica. My project also assumes that the impact of neoliberal global capitalism that thrives on patriarchy has forced Black working-class women in Jamaican to reproduce a political consciousness of survival in the informal economy. Understanding how the legacies of (British-American) capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism provided the stimulus for Jamaica’s peripheral position on the global landscape and the ways in which sexual and gendered politics negatively affect higglers, I primarily engage discourses of difference, power, privilege, and resistance. Ultimately, I found that there is a growing anti-Black womanhood (neo)colonial gendered coded sentiment that has been culturally normalized in Jamaica.
Brown, Reneé, "Voices of the (In)Visible: A Gendered Study on Higglers In Downtown Kingston, Jamaica" (2020). Theses - ALL. 390.
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