This article is based, in part, upon fieldwork carried out in 2004 with low-income Jamaicans in rural and urban Jamaica as part of my work with Daniel Miller concerning new information and communication technologies, funded by the British Department of International Development. This particular piece is part of my long-term project on the changes in the relationship between personhood and property.
Planning to Forget: Mobility and Violence in Urban Jamaica1
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2008
© 2008 European Association of Social Anthropologists
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 51–62, February 2008
How to Cite
HORST, H. A. (2008), Planning to Forget: Mobility and Violence in Urban Jamaica. Social Anthropology, 16: 51–62. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8676.2008.00041.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2008
- social change;
- urban planning;
This article examines the processes underpinning the restructuring of violence in urban Jamaica. Focusing upon the formation of Portmore, a planned community built to provide an alternative to the overcrowded and violent living conditions in west and central Kingston, I analyze planners and residents attempts to disrupt and erase the everyday experience of violence and poverty among working class Jamaicans. Tracing the shift away from politically motivated violence to what residents have termed ‘freelance violence’, I illustrate the socio-spatial dimensions of violence and poverty in urban Jamaica and the changing relationship between state support, political engagement and citizenship.