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Hope, Donna P.
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From the stage to the grave: exploring celebrity funerals in dancehall culture.
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ACS Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference
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July 3 - 7, 2008.
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UWI, Mona
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2008
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Abstract
This paper examines the production of celebrity in Jamaica through riotously festive funeral ceremonies, known as bling/dancehall funerals in Jamaica. It highlights the riotous energy of the dancehall body and the glare of media attention that explodes during the production of the funeral rites of prominent dancehall actors like Arnett Gardens Don , and leader of the Black Roses Crew , William “Willie Haggart” Moore, and Black Roses Crew member and Master Dancer Gerald “Bogle” Levy. The paper explores the social and cultural role of bling/dancehall funerals in contemporary Jamaica and argues for their relevance within the rigidly classed structures of power in contemporary Jamaica.....
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