The Resource The power of sentiment : love, hierarchy, and the Jamaican family elite, Lisa Douglass ; foreword by Raymond T. Smith

The power of sentiment : love, hierarchy, and the Jamaican family elite, Lisa Douglass ; foreword by Raymond T. Smith

Label
The power of sentiment : love, hierarchy, and the Jamaican family elite
Title
The power of sentiment
Title remainder
love, hierarchy, and the Jamaican family elite
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Douglass ; foreword by Raymond T. Smith
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When anthropologists discuss power, they may speak of individuals, a social class, or the state. When Jamaicans discuss power, they speak in terms of family. They point to the so-called twenty-one families who live in the hills surrounding the capital at Kingston and occupy the commanding heights of this Caribbean island nation. The Power of Sentiment looks at love and hierarchy in the kinship patterns of Jamaica's prominent business families--the privileged, mostly white Jamaicans who form what Douglass calls a "family elite." Douglass argues that in Jamaica structures and practices of power converge with the structures and practices of kinship. She suggests that the way they organize and carry out family life--such as by marrying almost exclusively within their group--supports and reproduces historically constituted hierarchies of gender, color, and class. Yet the kinship practices of the family elite do not merely serve to maintain their position or promote their interests, as some critics have suggested. The elite marry according to enduring cultural dispositions about the proper ordering of color, gender, and class relations, following their sense of what "feels right." In their view, they marry not out of self-interest, but "for love." The Power of Sentiment breaks new ground in ethnographic studies of kinship. Lisa Douglass examines the upper class, a group previously neglected in research on the Caribbean family despite its integral role in the kinship system. She provides fresh insights into what earlier studies termed the color/ class hierarchy by considering how gender both affects what these categories represent and is itself a distinct dimension of the social order. The author also makes a significant contribution to theories of ideology and practice. By exploring the power of sentiment, she emphasizes the perspective of the people studied and suggests that feelings such as love carry both ideological power and cultural meaning. Moving beyond a limited analysis of showing how meaning serves the structures of power, Douglass considers the power of meaning itself in constituting family and society
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Douglass, Lisa
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ584
LC item number
.D68 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Upper class families
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Kinship
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Kinship
  • Social conditions
  • Upper class families
  • Oberschicht
  • Familie
  • Politische Elite
  • Verwandtschaft
  • Jamaica
  • Jamaica
  • Jamaika
Label
The power of sentiment : love, hierarchy, and the Jamaican family elite, Lisa Douglass ; foreword by Raymond T. Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-283) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Raymond T. Smith -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Ethnography and Power -- 3. Everyday Life in Kingston -- 4. A Sense of the Past -- 5. Marriage and the Making of the Family Elite -- 6. Kin and Outside Relations -- 7. Daily Routines and Everyday Rituals -- 8. Gender in the Jamaican Cultural Order -- 9. Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 298 pages
Isbn
9780813315225
Lccn
92006445
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25553127
  • (OCoLC)ocm25553127
Label
The power of sentiment : love, hierarchy, and the Jamaican family elite, Lisa Douglass ; foreword by Raymond T. Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-283) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Raymond T. Smith -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Ethnography and Power -- 3. Everyday Life in Kingston -- 4. A Sense of the Past -- 5. Marriage and the Making of the Family Elite -- 6. Kin and Outside Relations -- 7. Daily Routines and Everyday Rituals -- 8. Gender in the Jamaican Cultural Order -- 9. Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 298 pages
Isbn
9780813315225
Lccn
92006445
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25553127
  • (OCoLC)ocm25553127

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