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Ethiopia Stretches Forth Her Hands

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Part of the Institute of Social Studies book series (ISDS, volume 3)

Abstract

The nature of the uneven and combined development of Jamaica meant that in class terms that formation was a very complex totality by the 1930s. At one level all classes were bound together by the simultaneous dependence and conflict of their contradictions. At quite a different level, the social mobility of individuals provided another kind of link between classes, though the possibility of movement upward from the bottom was very limited. More important, strata from different classes overlapped and interpenetrated one another. As we have seen, for example, upper middle class individuals were also big capitalists, small capitalists and upper petty bourgeoisie had a number of characteristics in common, poor peasants were also wage labourers, the working class meshed with a petty bourgeois stratum of a peculiar kind. Our totality was therefore articulated in such a way as to produce extremely complex instances of practice. Mobility (either up or down), overlapping and interpenetration provided many opportunities for the dispersal or displacement of moments of the class contradictions.

Keywords

Middle Class Black People African Descent Political Practice Class Consciousness 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1978

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