Ode to 'Quasheba': resistance rituals of higgler women in Jamaica

Johnson, Hume N. (2009) Ode to 'Quasheba': resistance rituals of higgler women in Jamaica. In: Bhavnani, Kum-Kum, Foran, John, Kurian, Priya A., and Munshi, Debashish, (eds.) On the Edges of Development: Cultural Interventions. Routledge Studies in Development and Society . Routledge, New York, pp. 22-37.

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Women have played played a critical foundational role in slave resistance, the labour movement, diffuse community mobilizations and organization as well as various modes of contemporary cultural resistance during and after British slavery in Jamaica. This paper illustrates how Afro-Caribbean women catapulted themselves to the foreground of collective struggles and cultures of resistance. It is the ferocity of the popular struggles often performed by these women that have come to embody and awaken the essence of Quasheba. Through a theoretical resurrection of the symbolism of Quasheba, I attempt to posit a better understanding of the political economy, continuities, manifestations and symbolic meaning of contemporary women’s activism in Jamaica, particularly, the disguised and overt forms of popular protest carried out by higgler women in the informal economy.

Item ID: 3216
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-95621-5
Keywords: Jamaica, women, resistance, protest, informal economy, globalisation
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Date Deposited: 19 May 2009 01:44
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