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Journey of a Jamaican Family: Adapting to New Homes in the United States, Canada, And England
by Carter, Sylvia Margaret, M.A., State University of New York Empire State College, 2011, 111; 1501359
Abstract (Summary)

Much has been written about the migration of Caribbean people to more developed nations. In this case study, I have presented the theoretical ideas of current scholars, including Paul Gilroy, and Homi Bhabha on questions of identity, hybridity, and “the Black Atlantic.” I have also considered the work of several talented Jamaican writers who have added their voices to the conversation.

The thoughts of those who have experienced those journeys and are not included in that literary loop are also important. Moreover, it is not clear whether the stories and reports of theorists and novelists accurately represent the experiences of those voyagers. In this study, my family in the United States, Canada, England, and I as a participant observer will have the opportunity to speak for ourselves. These sometimes anecdotal responses from my family are a commentary on our personal journey. In all cases their narratives are edited.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Matthews, Lear
Commitee: Hollis, Susan
School: State University of New York Empire State College
Department: Liberal Studies
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Caribbean Studies, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Caribbean, Ethnic identity, Hybridity, Immigrants, Jamaica
Publication Number: 1501359
ISBN: 978-1-124-97771-3
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