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Rhiney, Kevon
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'Trench Town rock': Inscription, identity and reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.
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Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers
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March 2009
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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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2009
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Abstract
This paper examines place inscriptions in Trench Town, Jamaica and explores the ways these are used to reinforce, shape or challenge dominant images of the place. Trench Town is a small inner-city community located in Kingston - the island's capital. On one hand , Trench Town is like many of its neighbouring communities, as it has long being characterised by high levels of poverty, unemployment, political and gang violence, derelict buildings and overcrowded homes. On the other hand, Trench Town is iconic and unique as it is recognised worldwide for being the birth place of reggae music and home to a number of well-known reggae artistes such as Bob marley, Peter Tosh and the Wailers. Today, Trench Town's landscape is filled with inscriptions reminiscent of its rich cultural past. Linked to this, is a conscious effort by its residents to identify themselves with reggae music and to recapture and sustain the positive legacies that have made the community popular. This is manifested in the numerous murals, statues and graffiti seen throughout the community invoking past images of reggae music icons such as Marley and Tosh alongside renowned black leaders such as Marcus Garvey. These inscriptions are conceived as texts and are seen as part of a broader discourse on issues relating to urban spatial identity, commoditisation, exclusion, struggle, resistance and change.....
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