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Refiguring Self, Nation, and ‘Foreign’ through Lottery Scamming in Jamaica

UCL - Institute of the Americas

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 from 17:30 to 19:00 (GMT)

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Jovan Scott Lewis (LSE) - Facing increasingly limited social and economic opportunity, lottery scamming in Montego Bay has become a highly controversial means by which St. Jamespoor youth, through the use of communication technology, redress their restricted social mobility and create wealth, success, but more importantly create new notions of citizenship. This analysis begins with an exploration of the process of the scam and the specific communication technologies utilized. This is followed by examining the historical, socio-economic, and geopolitical rationale of the reparations framework mobilized by scammers to justify the practice. Finally, the paper discusses how the acquired wealth from scamming engenders scammersnovel reinterpretations of their place in Jamaican society, obviating popular models of success and social mobility tied to migration, as the value of foreign is diminished and Jamaica is re-imagined as a locus of opportunity and possibility.

Jovan Scott Lewis is recent visiting lecturer in Africana Studies at the University of Miami and final year PhD candidate in anthropology at the London School of Economics. His doctoral research focused on economic strategies and formations of citizenship in his hometown, Montego Bay, Jamaica. His research has been presented by request to the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, Jamaica Customs Department, and Jamaica Bureau of Standards, and can be found in a forthcoming volume of the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

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UCL-Institute of the Americas, Lecture Theater 103, 51 Gordon Square

WC1H 0PN London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 from 17:30 to 19:00 (GMT)

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UCL - Institute of the Americas

The UCL Institute of the Americas promotes, coordinates and provides a focus for research and postgraduate teaching on the Americas.
The Institute of the Americas (IA) is dedicated to promoting and
co-ordinating teaching and research on the Western Hemisphere. Its
wide coverage of the Americas includes the United States and Latin
America, the Caribbean and Canada, offering an opportunity to acquire
in-depth and multi-disciplinary knowledge of the Americas that is
unique in Europe. 
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