This essay examines the role played by George Beckford in grappling critically with the complicated legacy of the plantation system. It focuses on the transition from his role in the New World group to his participation in the Abeng newspaper group in Jamaica, in 1969. The essay argues that it was Beckford's participation in the Abeng group that helped to pave the way for his expanded concept of dispossession as well as his concept of the culture of dread. The essay examines how this twin set of concepts displaced the dominant New World theoretical model of dependency.

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