Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM

Copy

Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.

DeleteCancel

The Politics of Dancehall

No description
by

Julie Jenkins

on 22 March 2016

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of The Politics of Dancehall

The Politics of Dancehall
What changes did dancehall go through during the 1980s?
glorification of materialism, consumerism, individualism, guns, violence, "slackness"
Why did these changes occur?
-death of Marley
-election of Seaga in 1980
--institutes more IMF conditions
-businesses led by those of African descent decline
--downward mobility
--cuts to health care, education, social programs
--cuts to price controls/tarrifs
"Blackness" believed by upper/middle classes to have brought about country's ruin
--middle class able to send children to private schools
--lower class less able to do so
--All Age schools- poor quality, multi-grade setting
--lower class felt like opps are thwarted b/c of lack of educational opps and professional contacts (primary route to social mobility)
-distrust education as an "equalizing" institution
"Untold Stories"

While I'm Living
Thanks I'll Be Giving
To the Most High You know,

[Chorus:]
I am living while I am living to the father I will pray
Only him knows how we get through everyday
With all the hike in the price
Arm and leg we have to pay
While our leaders play

[Verse 1:]
All I see people a rip and a rob and a rival
Tief never love fe see tief wid long bag
No love for the people who a sufferin bad
Another toll to the poll may God help we soul
What is to stop the youths from get out of control
Full up of education yet no on no payroll
The clothes on my back have countless eyehole.
I could go on and on the fool has never been thrown.

[Chorus]

[Verse 2:]
Who can afford to run will run
But what about those who can't... they will have to stay
Opportunity a scarce, scarce commodity
In these times I say... When mama spend her last and send you go class
Never you ever play
It's a competitive world for low budget people,
Spending a dime while earning a nickel
With no regards to who it may tickle
My cup is full to the brim
I could go on and on the full has never been told

Chorus]

[Verse 3:]
All I see people a rip and a rob and a rival
Tief never love fe see tief wid long bag
No love for the people who a sufferin bad
Another toll to the poll may God help we soul
What is to stop the youths from get out of control
Full up of education yet no on no payroll
The clothes on my back have countless eyehole
Could go on and on and the fool has never been thrown.
(On and On)
Though this life keep getting me down
Don't give up now
Got to survive somehow
Could go on and on and the full has never been told

[Chorus]

[Verse 4:]
Who can afford to run will run
But what about those who can't... they will have to stay
Opportunity a scarce, scarce commodity
In these times I say... When mama spend her last and send you go class
Never you ever play
It's a competitive world for low budget people,
Spending a dime while earning a nickel
With no regards to who it may tickle
My cup is full to the brim
I could go on and on the full has never been told
I could go on and on the full has never been told
I could go on and on the full has never been told
I could go on and on the full has never been told
I could go on and on the full has never been told
I could go on and on the full has never been told
I could go on and on...
The full has never...

Been...
Toooooold.
What strategies do lower class youth have in this situation?
-Embrace "respectability" via minimum wage work
-Hustling
-Illicit criminal actions
-Rastafari
-Dancehall star
--education isn't translating into more/better economic opportunities
-unemployment rate is higher for those with 2ndary education
-critique that class mobility isn't always associated with education and adoption of middle-class values-
--but via the acquisition of money- even if this is accomplished through illicit means.
Rasta Renaissance - 1993
--debates about "cultural", rasta inspired artists as legitimate
--gangster & slackness artists are illegitimate
-'respectable poor'- have ambition, work ethic, or Rasta
-'unrespectable poor'- lazy, criminal etc.
----"morally incorrect" b/c rejects assumption education and middle-class values are route to mobility
So how do we interpret "cultural Rastafari" vs "Rude-Boy Rastafari or when Rastafari take up gangster/slackness lyrics?
Full transcript