CRAFTING CONVERSATIONS: ARCHITECTURE AS A MEANS AND A VENUE FOR EXPLORING CONTEMPORARY,POSTCOLONIAL, JAMAICAN IDENTITIES
McKenley, Joseph Stephen
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This thesis will explore the relationships between postcolonialism, the formulation of identities, architecture, fine art and folk art, making and craft-making. It will delve into postcolonial discourse to understand what postcolonialism is, how it is defined, and what it means in the Jamaican context. It will explore how identities are defined and what factors are considered in the creation or unearthing of identities. It will explore what role making and craft-making have in creating and/or expositing identities as well as the relation between making and craft-making with architecture. Ultimately, the research will lead to the question, in what ways can architecture manifest cultural identity and how can architecture illustrate a Jamaican, contemporary, postcolonial identity.