The Historical Context: Changing Social Relations of Production in Jamaica

  • Guy Standing
Part of the ILO Studies book series


The legacy of Jamaica’s history has been an underdeveloped economy characterised by its openness and persistent dependence on the world market and on foreign capital. Socially and politically the schisms between and within class groupings are deep, bitter, and longstanding. As every Jamaican is well aware it is a country effectively founded on slavery, and there are many who claim present ills stem almost exclusively from the conditions surrounding that slavery. However, in the twentieth century those ills are more meaningfully traced to the expansion of commercial and industrial capital, for after a protracted period of transition the capitalist mode of production became dominant and for long controlled the direction and nature of state policies.


Labour Force Foreign Capital Sugar Industry Wage Labour Industrial Capital 
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