By Gina A. Ulysse

The Caribbean “market girl” is ingrained within the well known mind's eye because the archetype of black womanhood in nations during the sector. difficult this stereotype and different superseded pictures of black ladies, Downtown Ladies deals a extra advanced photograph via documenting the heritage of self sufficient overseas traders—known as casual advertisement importers, or ICIs—who trip out of the country to import and export an unlimited array of shopper items bought within the public markets of Kingston, Jamaica.

Both by-products of and contributors in globalization, ICIs function on a number of degrees and, considering the fact that their emergence within the Seventies, have made major contributions to the local, nationwide, and international economies. Gina Ulysse rigorously explores how ICIs, decided to be self-employed, fight with govt legislation and different social tensions to barter their autonomy. Informing this tale of self-fashioning with reflections on her personal adventure as a tender Haitian anthropologist, Ulysse combines the learn of political economic climate with the research of person and collective identification to bare the asymmetric results of disrupting conventional type, colour, and gender codes in person societies and round the world.

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