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Journal Article

What the Zeeks Uprising Reveals: Development Issues, Moral Economy, And The Urban Lumpenproletariat In Jamaica

Charles Price
Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development
Vol. 33, No. 1 (SPRING, 2004), pp. 73-113
Published by: The Institute, Inc.
https://www.jstor.org/stable/40553524
Page Count: 41
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Abstract

This article uses a social situation, the Zeeks uprising of 1998, to outline some of the political, economic, and social issues facing contemporary Jamaica. Downtown Kingston's urban poor played a pivotal role in the insurgency, and in doing so revealed much about their moral economy, changes in Jamaica's clientelisi politics, the rise of "Dons" as formidable political and social actors, and how globalization and liberalization are affecting Jamaica.