Research Seminar - Everyday violence, cultural therapy, and the politics of childhood among inner-city children in Kingston, Jamaica


Wilson Hall Wendy Patrick room (room 118), 3506 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7, CA

This ethnographic study, presented by Nicole D'souza, PhD candidate from the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill, aims to capture local conceptions of wellbeing and resilience of children living in Kingston, Jamaica who are exposed to high levels of violence and socioeconomic deprivation. I explore the effects of a locally constructed, cultural intervention called Dream-A-World (DAW) for children living in Kingston's inner-city neighborhoods. The DAW program was developed to foster resilience in children by using 'culture' as an instrument for education, consciousness-raising, and in challenging notions of race and inequalities in a postcolonial context. My interest lies in understanding how this intervention structures children's subjective and emotional experiences, shaping the social and psychological landscape of their everyday lives. The study explores the ways in which historical, political and epistemic structures create complex intersections between hierarchies of race, class, gender and sexuality that contribute to the contemporary subjectivities of these children.

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Pamela Weightman
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