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Begging as Reciprocity in Jamaican Urban Low-Income Communities


In the anthropological literature on Jamaica, one can find scattered
references to thj2e incidence of begging in urban low-income communities.
However, few of these studies have sought to apprehend if begging among
the urban poor in Jamaica has a specific logic of its own. I suggest that
begging in Jamaican urban low-income communities should not be
confused with more conventional forms of begging, but is in fact a distinct
type of coping strategy of the poor. Begging in Jamaican urban low-income

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