In a discussion of Jovan Scott Lewis’s Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica (2020), the book is considered as ethnography written from “inside the circle” (Sadiya Hartman) of a generation of young Black men brought up in Jamaica. Nonetheless, Lewis shows genuine appreciation of the profound differences between himself and his respondents. However, the response ends by proposing that Lewis needed to widen the circle to include those who died in the terrible violence that was a consequence of the scamming practices that he describes, and that his arguments about Black repair might have been all the more convincing had he been able to do so.
Inside the Circle: A Response to Jovan Scott Lewis’s Scammer’s Yard
Patricia Noxolo teaches in the School of Geography at the University of Birmingham. Her research brings together the study of international development, culture, and in/security, and uses postcolonial, discursive, and literary approaches to explore the spatialities of a range of Caribbean and British cultural practices. Her recent work focuses on retheorizing Caribbean in/ securities, theorizations of space in Caribbean literature, Caribbean laughter and materialities, rethinking the decolonial city, and African Caribbean dance as embodied mapping. She is former chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies, coeditor of the journal Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and member of the RACE group of the Royal Geographical Society.
Patricia Noxolo; Inside the Circle: A Response to Jovan Scott Lewis’s Scammer’s Yard. Small Axe 1 March 2022; 26 (1 (67)): 163–168. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-9724191
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