SCAMMER'S YARD event at the University of California, Berkeley with Jovan Scott Lewis

Jovan Scott Lewis will be at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday, October 27 for a discussion of his new book, SCAMMER'S YARD.
When Oct 27, 2021
from 16:00 PM to 17:30 PM
Where University of California, Berkeley, Latinx Research Center, 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
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Tells the story of Jamaican “scammers” who use crime to gain autonomy, opportunity, and repairJovan Scott Lewis will be at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. for a discussion of his new book, Scammer's Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica. Masks are required.

Jovan Scott Lewis tells the story of three young and poor men striving to make a living in Montego Bay, where call centers and tourism are the two main industries in the struggling economy. Scammer’s Yard describes how these young men, seeking to overcome inequality and achieve autonomy, come to view crime as a form of liberation. 

"A page turner . . . the richness of the ethnography is as gratifying as Lewis’ deft blending of the empirical data and conceptual framework."—Antipode

"Scammer’s Yard repositions a network of impoverished, aspirational Jamaicans at the frontier of post-colonial, racial capitalism. Combining sharp-eyed ethnography, rich historical detail, and brilliant analysis, Jovan Scott Lewis takes seriously scammers’ attempts to redress colonial brutality by using scams—in their contradictory glory—as a means of laying claim to reparations. An instant classic, this book is essential reading for anthropologists, political theorists, and scholars of the Black Atlantic or anyone looking for new tools to radically reimagine markets and the forms of radicalized violence and criminality they reproduce." —Noelle Stout, author of Dispossessed: How Predatory Bureaucracy Foreclosed on the American Middle Class