Skip to main content

We Deal With It Ourselves ("Wi Deal Wid it Wiself"): A Look at Life in the Jamaican Garrison

Resource type
Thesis type
(Thesis) M.A.
Date created
Created by the Jamaican political administration to garner support from the marginalized and socially excluded groupings in the inner city, the garrison has morphed into a counter society that subverts all forms of legitimate authority. Protected and led by dons who were originally appointed to carry out the dictates of the politicians, these men now possess full control of the garrison and have an unswerving allegiance from the members of these communities. The provision of opportunities for skills training, jobs, and education for members of these areas could possibly remove the state of dependency and ultimately the power that those possessing an abundance of wealth wield. The study includes semi-structured interviews with ten (10) participants from the community of August Town, Jamaica who provided insight into life in the garrison. Using the theory of social disorganization as a framework, the study uncovers that the Jamaican garrison is an incubator for criminals and criminal activity.
Copyright statement
Copyright is held by the author.
The author has not granted permission for the file to be printed nor for the text to be copied and pasted. If you would like a printable copy of this thesis, please contact
Scholarly level
Supervisor or Senior Supervisor
Thesis advisor: Burtch, Brian
Member of collection
Download file Size
etd8295_MScott.pdf 3.04 MB

Views & downloads - as of June 2023

Views: 0
Downloads: 0