James, Carl E. and Andrea Davis, "Instructive Episodes: The Shifting Positions of the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada" in Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean, 14 (1), 17-41
This paper is interested in the ways in which the everyday experiences of Jamaican Canadians function as accumulated moments that mark their collective journeys across time and place, and reveal the complexity of their dual relationship between Jamaica and Canada. Speciﬁcally, the paper uses ﬁve uniquely Canadian episodes or incidents, occurring in each of the ﬁve decades between 1970 and 2012 (the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence from Britain) to examine how Jamaican Canadians claim the right to not just legal, but also social citizenship. The incidents reveal the ongoing contributions of Jamaicans to Canadian social and political life, and how they have consistently pushed the Canadian nation towards action and advancement in immigration law, human rights and multiculturalism; towards critical reﬂection about the diversity of the population, and the dynamic and shifting terrain of youth counter-culture; and towards the recognition of the national origins of those who serve in important positions.
Andrea A. Davis is an associate professor in Black cultures of the Americas in the Department of Humanities at York University and co-editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies.
Other publications from this author include:
- Horizon, Sea, Sound: Caribbean and African Women's Cultural Critiques of Nation (2022)
- "Celebrating Austin Clarke: The Man and the Body of His Work" in TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 42 (2021)
- "Which Scandalous Bodies? Black Women Writers Refuse Nation Narratives" in Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, 243, 146-152 (2020)
- "Un/Belonging in Diasporic Cities: A Literary History of Caribbean Women in London and Toronto" in Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, 13, 17-50 (2019)
- "The Black Woman Native Speaking Subject: Reflections of a Black Female Professor in Canada" in Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice, 39 (1), 70-78 (2018)
- "'The Real Toronto': Black Youth Experiences and the Narration of the Multicultural City" in Journal of Canadian Studies, 51 (3), 725-748 (2017)
- Jamaica in the Canadian Experience: A Multiculturalizing Presence (2012)
- "Black Canadian Literature as Diaspora Transgression: The Second Life of Samuel Tyne" in TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 17, 31-49 (2007)
- "Diaspora, Citizenship and Gender: Challenging the Myth of the Nation in African Canadian Women's Literature" in Canadian Woman Studies, 23 (2), 64-69 (2004)