The Ethnic Gangs That Rule America S Inner Cities, None Has Had The Impact Of The Jamaican Posses Spawned In The Ghettos Of Kingston As Mercenary Street Fighters For The Island S Politicians, The Posses Began Migrating To The United States In The Early S, Just In Time To Catch And Ride The Crack Wave As It Engulfed The Country Feared And Honored For Being Harder Than The Rest, They Would Lay Claim To Their ¹ Born Fi' Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld â Download by í Laurie Gunst New American Territory With Outlaw Bravura, And The Raw Dancehall Music Born Of Their World Would Define Gangsta Culture For A Generation Of Angry Sufferers In Jamaica, American, And England Laurie Gunst Spent A Decade Moving With The Possemen, And Born Fi Dead Is Her Unique Account Of This Netherworld, The First To Bring To Life Jamaica S International Gangs
A confused mix of memoir, participant observer journalism, sociological study, and political condemnation You get the sense the author is genuinely concerned about her subject matter, but she makes herself very present in the story in ways that can be irritating E.
, lots of apologies for being university educated, casual references to the fact that she is dating and considered daughter to the locals, insistence on using terms like sufferation in her own Bostonian narrative, and conspicuous asides about how articulate her interviewees are despite her preference to quote them in apostrophied slang Most problematic is an insistence throughout that posse violence is bad, while still slipping into a reverential catalogue of the bad men and their murders If there w
Eat, Pray, Love meets Shottas I was initially surprised when I came upon the memoir tone of this book, as I thought it would be one of those serious sounding research pieces then I realised that the light tone of the book took away the tedium that may have otherwise set in.
I enjoyed this book And whilst I generally abhor and avoid addenda to books, I actually read the afterward but not yet the introduction and found it very touching it really brought the whole concept of the book together for me And being a sheltered product of the so called Jamaican middle class, I can acknowledge that she is right when I reflected on my experiences and my views of the Jamaican proletariat and the simple fact that I really like this word I agreed that it is hate that separates the classes And this hate quite possibly will be per The author obviously did a lot of research and seems to know the subject but that doesn t translate into a good book The narrative is not coherent and the cast of characters is introduced and reintroduced and impossible to keep straight There is far too much repetition for such a short book and she doesn t actually have any kind of insight into Jamaican gang culture other than a strained attempt to connect it to Hollywood Westerns and action movies Overall, a fascinating subject compromised by her subjectivity and lack of analysis.