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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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The Dudus Events in Jamaica and the Future of Caribbean Politics (2011)

The Dudus Events in Jamaica and the Future of Caribbean Politics (2011)

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(p.169) 13. The Dudus Events in Jamaica and the Future of Caribbean Politics (2011)
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Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory
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Brian Meeks

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.003.0013

This chapter discusses how the Jamaican cultural hegemony is further sealed by the growth of an increasingly integrated Caribbean diaspora, resulting with several phases in Jamaican politics. The first phase took the form of symbolic clashes between groups of supporters. The second phase was the emergence of distinct urban enclaves, wherein the majority was used as a means of securing political control. The third phase involved Michael Manley's “democratic socialism” movement, and the 2010 Dudus events involving Christopher “Dudus” Coke and his Shower Posse. Ultimately, Jamaica's thirty-year crisis, which culminated in the Labor Day Dudus events of May 2010, provided the opportunity to reconfigure the arrangements that have reinforced Jamaicas postcolonial journey.

Keywords:   Jamaican cultural hegemony, Caribbean diaspora, Jamaican politics, Christopher Dudus Coke, Christopher Coke, Shower Posse, Michael Manley, democratic socialism

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