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Author, Analytic
Bailey, Barbara; Davis, Michelle
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Centre for Gender and Development Studies
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Jamaica
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Teen life in Latin America and the Caribbean
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Westport, Connecticut
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Greenwood Press
Date of Publication
2004
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213-237
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Abstract
Discusses aspects of the life of teenagers, from middle school to early college age, in Jamaica, and recent changes in this life. After an introduction on country and history, the authors describe the typical day of Jamaican teenagers and the place of education, meals, and household chores, while pointing at socioeconomic differences. They further discuss family forms, and how emigration of parents can increase school drop out. Further problems they discuss include teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and the growing problems of child labour and child prostitution. They emphasize that criminality, often related to drug trafficking, among teenagers is a growing problem in Jamaica, especially in inner cities, and relates to school drop out. In addition, the authors focus on teenagers' common pastimes, on food dishes, schooling, and the teenagers' social life, recreation, entertainment, and religious and cultural activities, which differ according to socioeconomic class. They note a general US influence on popular culture, but also a strong cultural, local 'dancehall' and folk culture influence among teenagers.....
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