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Lecture 7

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Department
Sociology and Anthropology
Course
SOAN 2040
Professor
D Rose
Semester
Winter

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Refection #5: discuss your thoughts about the video we watched  Reflection #6: Consider the material covered in the documentary "Life and Debt". What happened to Jamaica's ability to produce its own food? How will the decline in food production affect the working lives of people in Jamaica? (focus on any two food items or categories). Does this remind you of anything that we have read about in this course? (yes or no, and if yes, briefly state what comes to mind) Film: “Life and Debt” • Jamaica’s independence 192  ­as soon as they were free had many economic/monetary problems because they  had not time to create a strong economic country  • 1976 the country is unraveling because there is no money  ­also caused by increases in oil prices  ­bank would only lend them a limited amount with higher interest rates and  shorter time frame then the people had time to pay it off • Very little new hospitals built in Jamaica in the past few years • Bank said their exports needed to increased, imports decrease and the best way to  do that is to reduce the value of the home country’s dollar ­debt rises since they rely on importation (debt is now $7 billion) • Resort food comes from shipments from Miami  ­tons of locally grown foods are being wasted because importing from America is  much cheaper  • Jamaica doesn’t have a sewage disposal system  • Self reliance on natural resources was strongly discouraged because of this new  concept of globalization  • Bananas cost more to produce than the American bananas • Kingston free zones created jobs ­all materials come from the US, the assembly simply happens in Jamaica ­their pay is changed into Jamaican dollars (much cheaper), got an equivalent of  $30 per week
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