Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Inward Yearnings: Jamaica’s Journey to Nationhood

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Inward Yearnings: Jamaica’s Journey to Nationhood

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Palmer, Colin A. Inward Yearnings: Jamaica's Journey to Nationhood. Mona, Kingston, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2016, pp. 260, ISBN: 9789766405915.

The contribution is a case study of an Anglo-Caribbean island's search for a racial selfhood, its nervous embrace of its African heritage and ultimately a nationalism that reflected those inner longings. These complex and interrelated processes manifested themselves with the founding of the Universal Negro Improvement Association by Marcus Garvey in 1914,the emergence of Rastafarianism and the Back to Africa Movement in the 1930s,the People's National Party's adoption of self-government as its goal in 1940, and the appearance of numerous black consciousness groups in the 1950s. The first half of the book excavates the roots of these inner struggles, and their expressions and roles in Jamaica's society and culture. The second half examines Jamaica's entry into the West Indies Federation in 1958 and its secession by means of a referendum in 1961. …

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