‘Whine like a dancehall queen’: are women empowered in dancehall music?

Foster, Daisy (2016) ‘Whine like a dancehall queen’: are women empowered in dancehall music? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abandoned from the ‘liberation struggle’, it has been argued that women are exploited in dancehall by misogynistic lyrics and the sexualisation of their bodies. Yet, these matters exemplify a convergence of issues, concerning race, class, gender and sexuality. Therefore, in light of these themes, this study aims to understand the nature of dancehall, uncovering the many ways in which women and men are portrayed in the music. A study of men is equally and significant in a study of women, as masculinity has set the codes and social constructions of femininity. Since male and female relationships are at the fore of the lyrical narrative, a close look at the language, performance, and Lady Saw’s music video, will allow an understanding in how women are portrayed in the overall sphere of the dancehall.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 15:25
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:25
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/20939

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