Abstract

Abstract:

This article explores race, gender, and “illegitimacy” in the Jamaican context through an analysis of family photographs from the early twentieth century. The photographs depict the family of Doris Butcher née Benjamin, a Jamaican woman who was born in 1900 and died in 1989. The article argues that Butcher’s status as a light-skinned “illegitimate” woman shows the complexity, ambiguity, and contradictions within race, class, and gender hierarchies in colonial Jamaica.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2036
Print ISSN
1042-7961
Pages
pp. 107-128
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-28
Open Access
No
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