Political life in the wake of the plantation : sovereignty, witnessing, repair / Deborah A. Thomas.Material type: TextPublisher: Durham and London : Duke University Press, 2019Description: xv, 301 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cmISBN: 9781478006015 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9781478006695 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Social justice -- Jamaica -- History | Political violence -- Jamaica -- History | Rastafari movement -- Jamaica | Civil rights -- Jamaica -- History | Sovereignty | Jamaica -- Politics and government -- 1962- | Jamaica -- History -- 1962-DDC classification: 972.9206 LOC classification: F1887 | .T466 2019
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-292) and index.
Doubt -- Interlude I: Interrogating imperialism -- Expectancy -- Interlude II: Naming names -- Paranoia -- Coda: The end of the world as we know it.
Political life in the wake of the plantation bears witness to the affective dimensions of post-plantation sovereignty at three moments in Jamaican history, culminating in the army invasion of the Tivoli Garden housing complex in 2010. Deborah Thomas, who has also produced a film interviewing witnesses to the events, uses the incursion as a point of departure for theorizing the roots of contemporary state violence in Jamaica and in post-plantation societies in general. Drawing on visual, oral historical, and colonial archives, Thomas traces the long-term legacies of the plantation system and how its governing logics continue to shape and replicate forms of violence. She places affect at the center of sovereignty to destabilize disembodied narratives of liberalism and progress and to raise questions about recognition, repair, and accountability. In tying theories of politics, colonialism, race, and affect together with Jamaica's history, Thomas presents a robust framework for understanding what it means to be human in the plantation's wake.