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Chanting down the New Jerusalem Calypso, Christianity, and Capitalism in the Caribbean

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ISBN-10: 0520254899

ISBN-13: 9780520254893

Edition: 2009

Authors: Francio Guadeloupe

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In this brilliantly evocative ethnography, Francio Guadeloupe probes the ethos and attitude created by radio disc jockeys on the binational Caribbean island of Saint Martin/ Sint Maarten. Examining the intersection of Christianity, calypso, and capitalism, Guadeloupe shows how a multiethnic and multireligious island nation, where livelihoods depend on tourism, has managed to encourage all social classes to transcend their ethnic and religious differences. In his pathbreaking analysis, Guadeloupe credits the island DJs, whose formulations of Christian faith, musical creativity, and capitalist survival express ordinary people's hopes and fears and promote tolerance.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Francio Guadeloupeis Assistant Professor at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, Research Fellow at the Royal Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, and Extraordinary Research Fellow at the University of Saint Martin.

List of Illustrations
Map of Saint Martin and Sint Maarten
Map of the Caribbean Islands
Introduction: A New Jerusalem in the Caribbean Sea
So Many Men, So Many Histories: The History that Matters to the Islanders
Performing Identities on Saint Martin and Sint Maarten
Christianity as a Metalanguage of Inclusiveness
Clarke's Two Vitamin Cs for Successful Living
DJ Shadow's Prescription for Rastafari Individuality
The Hip-Hop- and Christian-Inspired Metaphysics of DJ Cimarron