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Hope, Donna P.
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Love punaany bad: Negotiating misogynististic masculinity in dancehall culture
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2nd Conference on Caribbean Culture and Festival of the Word
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January 2002
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Mona, Jamaica
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Abstract
This paper examines the duality of the male-female discourse in Jamaican dancehall music. Draws on the work of a recently completed M.Phil. to argue against claims that the dancehall is misogynistic and instead point to the simultaneity of the love-hate relationship of the masculine engagement with the feminine Other. The varied masculine identities that arise from the cultural split and multiple socializing patterns in Jamaica, result in a constant grapple with the feminie Other for power. In her work, Kerr (1963) attributes these conflicting attitudes of Jamaican male identity to these socializing patterns. Forced weaning is one such socializing pattern that results in the Jamaican male's strong ambivalence to women. On one hand, he is permanently tied to his mother. On the other hand, he is promiscuous towards his spouse. The paper also argues for the resultant discourse in the Jamaican dancehall that mirrors this ambivalent attitude toward women as part of the lived realities of these actors and strongly renounces claims that the dancehall is a misogynistic site.....
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