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Hope, Donna
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Popular Music and Strategic Culture in Jamaica
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Jamaica Strategic Culture Workshop
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Florida International University’s Applied Research Center/Latin American and Caribbean Center
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Miami, Florida
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July 7
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Abstract
This paper examines Jamaican popular music within the broader framework of strategic culture and explores how Jamaican popular music has become an avenue for exporting Jamaican culture and ideas about Jamaica and Jamaican identity into the world, therefore operating as a tool for branding the country in particular ways that may (or may not) have helped to ensure its national security. As such, the paper beings with a brief overview of the development of Jamaican popular music, and continues by suggesting how some of these ideas (particularly in reggae and dancehall music culture) coalesce into themes that make statements about the meaning of Jamaica and Jamaican identity in the international context as a component of Jamaica’s strategic-cultural framework.....
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