Reactionary Productions of Place: Understanding the Establishment of Jamaican Immigrant Organizations in Toronto, Canada

Authors: Janine Rose*,
Topics: Ethnicity and Race, Migration, Canada
Keywords: Jamaican immigrant organizations, Toronto, Canada, Place, Ethnicity
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The purpose of this study is to better understand immigrant organizations. Immigrant organizations emerge in situations where immigrants attempt to create spaces of comfort, belonging and representation at unfamiliar destinations. The study focuses on Jamaican immigrant organizations that have been established in Toronto, Canada over time. More specifically, with a long history of migration to Canada, Jamaican immigrants have established a network of more than 70 Jamaican immigrant organizations in Toronto alone (Consulate General of Jamaica 2013). However, little is known about the different types of organizations established by Jamaican immigrants in Canada or the circumstances influencing the establishment of these organizations. Information acquired from archival research and secondary sources are used to create a typology that highlights the features of different types of organizations established by Jamaican immigrants in Toronto as well as the factors influencing their establishment. The characteristics of Jamaican immigrant organizations as well as the circumstances influencing their formation reveal that the development of Jamaican immigrant organizations is intimately tied to the geography of the places where they are formed. Jamaican immigrant organizations are spatial representations of an increasingly diverse Jamaican immigrant population and an evolving Toronto, a place of residence that has transformed due to historically specific social processes.

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