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Bamikole, Lawrence
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Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy
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Philosophy as mirror of socio-cultural realities: A critique of dancehall culture
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Conversation 1: Conceptualizing philosophy. Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium.
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March 31- April 1, 2005
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University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
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Abstract
One of the functions of philosophy is to analyze situations and events in such a way that there is coherence where it seems to be lacking. This function becomes so important especially in African and Caribbean societies where philosophers are often called upon to justify the relevance of their profession. It behooves the practitioners of philosophy to take the bull by the horn by making sure that their activities reflect and are reflective of the events and activities that take place around them. It is in light of these observations that the paper wants to critique the dancehall culture. Dancehall culture has been the subject of debate as to whether it impacts negatively or positively on the Jamaican (Caribbean) society. This paper examines three of the issues raised by dancehall, namely, that of violence, sex and sexuality and justice. It is hoped that when violence is examined from a philosophical perspective, there is the possibility that the critics of dancehall may have a better understanding of the relationship between dancehall culture and violence and how issues raised in the debate as to the relationship between the two phenomena can be addressed to the satisfaction of themselves and other stakeholders in the society. It is the belief of this author that when violence is re-conceptualized, there is going to be a better understanding of the relationship between dancehall and violence and this may help policy makers to develop a better strategy towards dealing with the type of violence that has been identified with dancehall in particular and the issue of violence in society in general.....
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