Pinnock, A. M. N. (2007). “A ghetto education is basic”: (jamaican) dancehall masculinities as counter-culture. Journal of Pan African Studies, 1(9), 47-84.
Black male bodies are constructed in a largely alienating master narrative of white racism in Jamaican society. By analyzing representations of the same in Dancehall lyrics and performances (musical videos, stage performances, street dances, fashion, etc.), I reference some of the constructions of (Dancehall) nationalism which are achieved through the multiple performances of masculinity in Jamaican Dancehall popular culture, predicated on a history of plantation slavery and colonial racism in Jamaica. Thus, Dancehall embodies and characterizes discourses in Jamaican popular culture, and is read as the anti-thesis of traditional Jamaican nationalism.
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