This thesis treats the subject of a music genre, Dancehall, and examines its genesis with regards to various socio-political processes in colonial and post-independent Jamaica. By applying discourse analysis on various popular Dancehall lyrics, we endeavour to locate specific recurring patterns, or themes, which indicate that Dancehall, or at least a part of the Dancehall culture, is strongly associated with revolutionary meanings which aim to criticise the past and current socio-political order in Jamaica, and to create a strong black identity by rejecting the Western influences. By using a postcolonial theoretical framework we argue that the specific lyrics express a will and a potential for resistance, and a means for the discursively silenced Jamaican people to voice their issues and frustration. Subsequently, we provide a philosophical analysis on the concept of violence, with the purpose of understanding what has been long criticised in the Dancehall lyrics, the concept of explicit violence.
|Uddannelser||Kultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||17 dec. 2012|
|Vejledere||Zoran Lee Pecic|