Studies of the Americas

Citizenship on the Margins

State Power, Security and Precariousness in 21st-Century Jamaica

Authors: Campbell, Yonique

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  • Explores how citizenship rights and discourses of who is a citizen and who is not are embedded in historical, economical and socio-cultural conditions and shaped by perceived or real threats to state security
  • Bridges the gap between studies that focus either exclusively on the state or on narratives of everyday citizens
  • Demonstrates how citizenship is forged at the local level, using active, oppositional, and extra-legal mechanisms
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This book critically explores the impact of national security, violence and state power on citizenship rights and experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean. Drawing on cross-country analyses and fieldwork conducted in two “garrisons,” a middle-class community and among policy elites in Jamaica—where high levels of violence, in(security) and transnational organized crime are transforming state power —the author argues that dominant responses to security have wider implications for citizenship. The security practices of the state often result in criminalization, police abuse, violation of the rights of the urban poor and increased securitization of garrison spaces. As the tension between national security and citizenship increases, there is a centrality of the local as a site where citizenship is (re)defined, mediated, interpreted, performed and given meaning. While there is a dominant security discourse which focuses on state security, individuals at the local level articulate their own narratives which reflect lived-experiences and the particularities of socio-political milieu.

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Yonique Campbell is Lecturer of Public Policy and Management in the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Her research focuses on security, violence, state legitimacy and substantive citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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“Yonique Campbell uses her three communities—an urban garrison (Tivoli Gardens), a small-town garrison (May Pen) and a middle-class Kingston suburb to investigate the links between class, security and citizenship in Jamaica. By interviewing representatives of the policy elite and non-governmental institutions, she is able to interrogate policy and institutional approaches to security at the national level, and to evaluate whose citizenship rights are important and non-negotiable (middle- and lower-class Kingstonians) and whose are not (inhabitants of the Kingston garrisons). The book carries a universal message: governments in Latin America and the Caribbean—and elsewhere—must embark on policies of incorporation wherever communities are suffering from the systematic denial of the protection of the law.” (Colin Clarke, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Oxford, UK)

“Dr. Campbell is a part of a new generation of Caribbean scholars who are deepening our understandings of the specific problems that bedevil development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this book, Dr. Campbell tackles the central problem of many countries in LAC, that of the effects of security policies and practices on the lives of the marginalized. The neighborhood-level case studies are particularly revealing. There is a critical engagement with the security approaches of the state and a stout defense of the democratic rights of the marginalized as citizens.” (Anthony Harriott, Professor of Political Sociology, Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security, University of the West Indies, Jamaica)

“This important and incisive work focuses on the realm of security to understand how class, space and race mediate citizenship. Connecting the perspectives of differently positioned Jamaican citizens to those of institutional actors, Yonique Campbell deftly analyzes the contemporary transformation and negotiation of state power and political belonging.” (Rivke Jaffe, Professor of Urban Geography, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Citizenship on the Margins
Book Subtitle
State Power, Security and Precariousness in 21st-Century Jamaica
Authors
Series Title
Studies of the Americas
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27621-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27621-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27620-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 169
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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