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Jan 10, 2012

SJC’s Preeminent Publication of Journal of Belizean Studies

St. John’s College Junior College launched Volume thirty-one, Number Two of its esteemed publication, Belizean Studies. The journal of social research and thought is expected to stimulate further research into our own identity. Nigel Encalada, Director for Institute of Culture and Social Research says the journal explores the dynamic cultural history of Belize from the people of Gales Point, to Rastafarians, Andy Palacio and the people of Western Belize.

Nigel Encalada, Director, Institute of Culture and Social Research

Nigel Encalada

“The journal opens with the article, “Stone Bass People” a historical study of the Gales Point Manatee Community in Belize. Its author, Ms. Rita-Mae Hyde is a young, passionate, and dynamic researcher on culture in Belize and represents the future of cultural research in Belize. This is followed of course, by the article, ‘Dreadlocks Displaced: Stereotyping Rastafarians in Belize”. On the other hand, the writer of this article, Mr. Lawrence Vernon, is one of Belize’s most prolific archivist and researchers and in his article; he explores one of Belize’s most recent phenomena, ‘Rastafarianism’. Nyasha Laing, daughter of the later Edward Laing, an international Belizean Jurist, takes a refreshing approach in her reflections on the life and crowning of Belize’s very own, Andy Palacio.”

Jorge Espat

Jorge Espat, President, SJC

“These papers and narratives, admonish the readers to put side his timidity and reticence, fears and embarrassments, his tendency to bow down before the status quo. They urge us to believe in our own strengths and our own thoughts, to trust ourselves and to express our faith, whether through religion, cultural traditions and practices or through uprisings and revolt against unjust systems. Through this publication with its social and cultural analysis, we have a fuller meaning of who we are. Weaved through-out Belizean Studies, Volume 31, Number 2, is the striking vindication of identity and self-confidence, self-reliant, individualism.”

Copies of the journal can be obtained at SJC for fifteen dollars.

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2 Responses for “SJC’s Preeminent Publication of Journal of Belizean Studies”

  1. Ocaso says:

    Kudos to SJCJC for these publications. God knows Belize and her people are too often “studied” by everyone but Belizeans. The view from outside is useful for a balanced perspective but ultimately for a people to know themselves THEY must be the one to identify and analyse who they truly are.

  2. Oh please! says:

    SJCJC will be in the news again tonight … I hear Espat just fired the dean … ah wonder why?

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