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Transnational Yearnings

Tourism, Migration, and the Diasporic City

The global pathways that connect cities and nations are congested with people, money, and cultural transmissions. Transnational Yearnings maps a new way to look at modern contact zones and the personal interconnections that inform them by tracing circuits of migration and leisure travel between postcolonial Jamaica and Toronto, a city that has become for Jamaican Canadians both a place of promise and cultural vitality and a site of criminalization and exclusion through deportation. Innovative and provocative, this book is about the desires, intimacies, and power relations that at once inform and reflect transnational migration and the diasporization of urban space.

224 pages

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mobilities, Immobilizations, and Transnational Desires

1 Disservice Industry: Colonial and Postcolonial Tourism Development in Jamaica

2 Global Subjects, Tourist Objects: The Souvenir Trade in Jamaica

3 Charged Circuits: Transmigration and Diasporic Conditions

4 Migrant Remittances: Cultural Economies of Yearning

5 “Danger to the Public”: Targeting and Deporting Jamaican-Born Torontonians

6 Masquerading Toronto through Caribana: Diasporic Carnival Meets the Sign “Music ends here”

Conclusion: “It is not enough/to be pause”




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