Because this exploration into the politics of culture in postcolonial Jamaica
has spanned ten years and several sites, I have racked up innumerable
debts. First, I am deeply indebted to Rex Nettleford, Artistic Director of the
National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica; L’Antoinette Stines, Artistic
Director of l’acadco; and all the performers in these companies for
allowing me to participate in Company classes and rehearsals, sitting
through countless interviews and engaging me in innumerable discus-
sions, and giving me special access to performances. Several individuals
based at other national institutions were also central to the conceptual and
practical implementation of this project. At the Jamaica Cultural Develop-
ment Commission, Maria Smith (then Director of Performing Arts) and
Joyce Campbell (Consultant for Traditional Folk Forms) provided me with
access to the Commission’s materials, included me (as an arts practi-
tioner) in several teacher training workshops throughout Jamaica, and
invited me to participate (as an adjudicator) in the dance competitions of
the 1997 National Festival of the Arts. Barbara Requa (Dean of the Per-
forming Arts) and Alaine Grant (Director of the School of Dance) at the
Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts o√ered their time,
institutional records, and ideas with patience, candor, and a sense of
Michael Cooke at the Institute of Jamaica, Bernard Jankee at the African-
Caribbean Institute of Jamaica, and Alwin Bully at unesco were amena-
ble sounding boards early on in my research; Sidney Bartley invited me to
the Consultations on Cultural Policy in December 1996; and the Honorable
Burchell Whiteman (Minister of Education, Youth and Culture) provided
me with the report of the proceedings. Additionally, Mrs. Joan Young-
Davis, who in 1997 was based at the Emancipation Secretariat, and the
library sta√s at the National Library, the archives in Spanish Town, the
West Indies Collection at the University of the West Indies, and the Statisti-
cal Institute of Jamaica also o√ered much-needed assistance. Finally, Barry
Chevannes at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Neville Duncan at the
Institute for Social and Economic Research provided me with institutional
a≈liation at the University of the West Indies. For the generosity and
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