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Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory$
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Brian Meeks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.001.0001

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Imagining the Future

Imagining the Future

Rethinking the Political in Jamaica (2006)

(p.144) 11. Imagining the Future
Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory

Brian Meeks

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the massive and continuing outflow of people as the clearest indicator of Jamaican social dissonance. The main problem is the fact of hegemonic dissolution—the breakdown of an old consensus and the failure to construct a new one. The establishment of a new Jamaican consensus requires a basis for a new political compromise which includes: (a) a process of national reconciliation; (b) a new and extensive land reform measure; and (c) a Constituent Assembly of the Jamaican People at Home and Abroad (CAJPHA). The chapter argues that any attempt to reconstruct Jamaican politics must be based on democracy and inclusion. Among the issues that need to be resolved are the relationship of Western individualism to the Jamaican and Caribbean personality, the problem of “hyper consumption,” and the question of what it means to be human in Jamaica and the Caribbean today.

Keywords:   social dissonance, hegemonic dissolution, Jamaican politics, national reconciliation, land reform, Western individualism, Caribbean personality, hyper consumption

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