Citizenship Under Pressure

Citizenship Under Pressure

The 1970s in Jamaican Literature and Culture

by Rachel L. Mordecai

292 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9789766404581
  • Published: May 2014


Citizenship Under Pressure: The 1970s in Jamaican Literature and Culture is the first book-length study of the interaction of culture, politics and society in Jamaica’s formative postcolonial moment, the years between 1972 and 1980. Through examining literary and other texts from and about the period, Rachel Mordecai argues that the 1970s were defined by the explosion into the public sphere of a long-simmering dispute over the substance and limits of Jamaican citizenship, in which citizenship claims and counter-claims were advanced and contested via the symbolic deployment and re-configuration of race, class, and gender identities.