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Paul, Annie
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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
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Obscenity in transit: rude lyrics versus nude tourists
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Second Conference on Caribbean Culture: In Honour Of Kamau Brathwaite
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January 9-12, 2002
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University of the West Indies Mona. Kingston, Jamaica
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Abstract
The author examines the treatment of obscenity and vulgarity in the Jamaican public sphere by focusing on the Post-Reggae Sumfest furore over the use of bad/violent language by DJs and the subsequent charging of Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Alozade and others with breaching the laws governing indecency in public places. The media's treatment of the public debate surrounding the views of the dancehall fraternity on the subject will be compared and contrasted with the media's discussion and treatment of the debate on the marketing of nude weddings at Hedonism III, an up-market tourist resort which uses the allure of sex among other things included in the package it offers tourists. It is hoped that the media's biases towards different segments of Jamaican society will be revealed in this analysis of the policing of morality in contemporary Jamaica.....
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