SCAMMER'S YARD virtual event with Social Science Matrix at UC Berkeley and Jovan Scott Lewis

Jovan Scott Lewis will host a virtual event with Social Science Matrix (UC Berkeley) on Wednesday, March 10 for a discussion of his new book, SCAMMER'S YARD.
When Mar 10, 2021
from 14:00 PM to 15:30 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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Tells the story of Jamaican “scammers” who use crime to gain autonomy, opportunity, and repair
 Jovan Scott Lewis will host a virtual event with Social Science Matrix (UC Berkeley) on Wednesday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. (noon Pacific) for a discussion of his new book, Scammer's Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica. He will be joined in conversation by Nadia Ellis and Deborah Thomas. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information.

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. 

"Jovan Scott Lewis’s sophisticated and nuanced account of Jamaican lotto scammers’ efforts to escape ‘sufferation’ positions their ethics of seizure within the logic of reparations. If the historical generation of wealth has been criminal—the result of imperialism, slavery, and debt—then its redistribution offers a way to reimagine the postcolonial present and its models of sovereignty. Scammer’s Yard is a must read for those interested in the value of blackness in the wake of the plantation!" —Deborah A. Thomas, University of Pennsylvania

"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