Critique of the ‘Dancehall queen film (1997)

Critique

‘This movie gives a full spectrum of social commentary and it represents the daily drawback that some people in present day Jamaica have to endure. In the social world of Jamaica, not much emphasis is placed on equality and the equitable treatment of all human beings as a basic right. Some groups have less than others; some are able to do more and see more and say more and eat more; while others are able to do much less and never have the chance to experience anything else. As a result, more often we are placed into in-groups and out-groups, categorized by our differences and similarities. It also recognizes that some groups are more favoured than others, in that they have more access to resources and power and it also examines large scale social, structural and institutional phenomena, instead of individual circumstances. It holds that some groups have more power than others and these power relations have been established historically. One group, which has consistently experienced the effects of power imbalances in society, is women. One can see how oppression, victimization and degradation of women are compounded by and linked to social categories and constructs such as race, class, and gender. This was illustrated through an analysis of the 1997 film Dancehall Queen (Letts & Elgood) which focused on stereotypes and its contribution to these consequences for minority women.’-Published: 23, March 2015; https://www.ukessays.com/essays/psychology/dancehall-queen.php

 

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