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February 15, 2021 78 min

Scammer’s Yard is an ethnography that focuses on the stories of three young Black Jamaicans who strive to make a living in Montego Bay, where call centers and tourism are the two main industries in the struggling economy. Author Jovan Scott Lewis raises unsettling questions about the fairness of a world economy that relegates Caribbean populations to durative sufferation. This groundbreaking book asks whether true reparation for the legacy of colonialism is to be found only through radical—even criminal—means. Lewis, an assistant professor of geography and African American Studies at UC Berkeley, is joined here by Peter James Hudson, associate professor of African American Studies and History at UCLA. This conversation was recorded in November 2020. More about the book: z.umn.edu/scammersyard REFERENCES: Caricom Reparations Commission Walter Rodney Sylvia Wynter Stuart Hall C. L. R. James George Padmore Frantz Fanon Lloyd Best Faye Harrison Beverley Mullings Barry Chevannes Walter Rodney

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