Review of Down town ladies: informal commercial importers, a Haitian anthropologist, and self-making in Jamaica by Gina A. Ulysse

Besson, Jean. 2010. Review of Down town ladies: informal commercial importers, a Haitian anthropologist, and self-making in Jamaica by Gina A. Ulysse. New West Indian Guide / Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, 84(3-4), pp. 315-318. ISSN 1382-2373 [Article]

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As the title promises, and as Catharine Stimpson’s foreword and Gina Ulysse’s introduction underline, this book is an auto-ethnography that combines a study of Informal Commercial Importers (ICIs) in Jamaica’s capital city with reflections on the positionality of the American-trained black Haitian female ethnographer and the self-making strategies of both author and informants. The analysis deconstructs the derogatory stereotype of ICIs and the category of “native” ethnographer and highlights ICIs as socioeconomic players in a global market, going through cracks in the capitalist world-system.

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Article

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https://doi.org/10.1163/13822373-90002444

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Review of Down town ladies: informal commercial importers, a Haitian anthropologist, and self-making in Jamaica

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Anthropology

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2010Published

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11695

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15 Jun 2015 09:24

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16 Jun 2017 13:06

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/11695

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