Inna Di Dancehall: Popular Culture And the Politics of Identity in Jamaica
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 07, Missy J rated it really liked it Shelves: books , caribbean-related , jamaica-challenge , jamaica-related , non-fiction. What impresses me the most is the emphasis of creativity in the people. I remember reading somewhere that Jamaica produces more music per capita than any other place in the world.
When I paused and thought about it, I realized that it's true.
For such a tiny island of less than 3 million people, Jamaica has blessed the world with so much music. So I thought I would read a book about dancehall music for this challenge. Donna P.
Hope offers an excellent introduction to dancehall music. She actually wrote this book to legitimize the study of dancehall among academics in Jamaica. Dancehall is often viewed as crude and uncivilized in the eyes of many upper class Jamaicans. I have to admit, that before reading this book I thought that dancehall music was very catchy and energetic, but that it also contained some violence and misogyny. Especially some of the dance movements are very daring.
So I was curious to learn about the origins of dancehall. This book is divided into 5 chapters. In Chapter 1, the author briefly introduces the reader to Jamaica's political and economic history. She also mentions Jamaican society's experience with race, class and color. Then she traces the origins of dancehall music in s and how modern technology set it apart from earlier music styles. I loved the little biographies she included of Yellowman and other dancehall artists. The author concludes that many poor, lower-class Jamaicans have found a way of self-expression and making a living in the dancehall scene.
Chapter 2 includes definitions of important terms used in the dancehall scene.
There are certain names given to the affectors producers and affectees consumers in the dancehall scene. Chapter 3 deals with gender and sexuality in the dancehall scene. A very eye-opening chapter on the skin bleaching phenomena, homophobic rhetoric, contradictory nature of the daring dance movements of women who are sexually liberated but at the same time dancing for the male gaze. All in all, dancehall is still very male-dominated and a way for men to reaffirm their masculinity. Chapter 4 is about the violence in the dancehall scene. The violent lyrics and booming gunshot sounds are a reflection of the realities of most artists who come from poorer backgrounds.
The author provides two interesting personal experiences of music festivals in Jamaica and the nature of dancehall competitions. Chapter 5 concludes with the message that for many Jamaicans the dancehall scene provides a way for them to make a living, establish and reaffirm their identity. Mar 11, Kadine added it.
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Helpful in fleshing out the politics of appearance and its connection with the "video light syndrome" that Hope says characterizes the dancehall space. Her writing style is very matter-of-fact. I like that.
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Sep 24, Piers Haslam rated it really liked it Shelves: dancehall-and-caribbean. An excellent book that gives an overview of various topics to do with the modern dancehall in Jamaica. Donna Hope's unique place in reggae studies is her first-hand knowledge as a dancehall fan all through the 80s to the present; her writings have a unique and very important perspective. Jan 03, Monique rated it really liked it. For anyone interested in learning more about the influence that dancehall music has impacted Jamaican culture with, this is the book for you.
Great read, especially for music or history enthusiasts.
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Temporarily Out of Stock Online Please check back later for updated availability. Overview This work provides an accessible account of a poorly understood aspect of Jamaican popular culture. In particular, the book gives an account of the power relations within the dancehall and between the dancehall and the wider Jamaican society. Combining scholarship and anecdotal evidence, Hope delineates the complex web of socio-economic and political factors that shape cultural identity in the marginalized working-class communities out which contemporary popular culture arises.
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