Women in Jamaica: A Bibliography of Published and Unpublished Sources

Women in Jamaica: A Bibliography of Published and Unpublished Sources

Women in Jamaica: A Bibliography of Published and Unpublished Sources

Women in Jamaica: A Bibliography of Published and Unpublished Sources

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The primary purpose of this bibliography is to establish control over the published and unpublished sources on women in Jamaica. As a general principle I have sought to be inclusive rather than selective.

The search for sources proved how difficult it is for researchers to locate information on women in Jamaica, as a number of titles fall in the category of grey literature: theses, papers presented at conferences, commissioned reports, unpublished surveys--material which is difficult to locate in published listings and is available only in a limited number of copies.

Scope

There is no limitation in scope except that newspaper articles are excluded, as is material published after 1994. Most of the works identified were written after 1970 as the bulk of the research on women in Jamaica really had its genesis with the declaration of International Women's Year in 1975. Prior to that, research seems to have been concentrated on the twin subjects of the family and fertility. This is reflected in the bibliography in the number of titles that sought either comparatively or otherwise to draw conclusions in this area. Some early research also centered on economic conditions but focused specifically on domestic trade as it related to higglering and market vending. Even here the slant in these early studies on economic conditions was not women-centred but was focused mainly on the informal economic sector. Since the mid seventies, the emphasis has shifted to women researching women's involvement in many spheres of historical, social and economic life in Jamaica.

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