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Hutton, Clinton
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Oh Rudie: Jamaican Popular Music and the Narrative of Urban Badness in the Making of Post-Colonial Society
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Jamaica Music Museum 2nd Annual Reggae/Black History Month Grounation
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February 10, 2013
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Abstract
The article analyzes the theme of the 'rude boy,' slang for a colorfully violent member of the underclass, in Jamaican popular music. It focuses on the socio-political implications of urban criminality in the post-colonial context of mid-20th century Jamaican history. The development of Jamaican gangs is discussed, and it is noted that they did not become involved in inter-gang warfare until the post-colonial era. It is argued that they had originally been formed as protection against the depredations of unscrupulous colonial authorities, and later became aligned with various post-colonial political factions.....
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