Homophobia in Jamacia

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‘No Batty Business or Nastiness; what happened to One Love? Is Dancehall Culture the Main Medium of Homophobia and Homophobic Attitudes in Jamaica

‘I confirm that this assignment is my work alone, that I have not submitted any of this work elsewhere and that all the ideas and work, written or otherwise, of other people or organisations are correctly and fully attributed to them.’

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Chapter 1: Introduction Background to the research Homophobia

Chapter 2: An overview of history and society with reference to homophobia and homosexuality A history of Jamaica with reference to sexuality and homophobia Modern Day Jamaica with reference to sexuality and homophobia Dancehall and homophobia in Jamaica Masculinity in popular Jamaican culture

Chapter 3: Methodology and limitations Case study and primary research of dancehall lyrics Evaluation of lyrics

Chapter 4: Conclusion

Introduction:

Jamaica is known internationally for its famous white sand beaches, gin-clear sea, swaying palms and laid back reggae sensibilities of ‘one love’ and ‘one heart’. Rightly so is this tropical island ‘paradise’ lying ninety miles from Cuba and 600 miles south of Miami famous for its world renowned resorts, laidback carefree attitudes and Jamaica is typically depicted as a carefree tourist destination in the fun-loving Caribbean.

‘Largely mountainous with its highest peak some 7,400 feet, Jamaica is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Its blue mountain range produces one of the great luxury coffees of our time, and its rugged grandeur combines visual excitement with a sense of permanence and strength.’ (Manley, 1982: 15)

On my own personal experience in

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