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Jamaica: Patwa Power

Categories: Caribbean, Jamaica, Digital Activism, Economics & Business, Ethnicity & Race, Ideas, Media & Journalism, Politics, Sport, Olympics

Annie Paul [1] gives a rundown of Jamaica's outstanding Olympic achievements, making the point that “the phenomenal performance of the Jamaican athletes is also due to the cultural self-confidence they feel…this is not a confidence manufactured by the abjectly self-conscious, respectability-seeking, hymn-singing English-speaking middle classes but one bred out of the flamboyant, boisterous, in-your-face Patwa-speaking population.”