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Chanting Down the New Jerusalem

Francio Guadeloupe

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254886
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254886.001.0001
Chanting Down the New Jerusalem

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This ethnography probes the ethos and attitude created by radio disc jockeys on the bi-national Caribbean island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. Examining the intersection of Christianity, calypso, and capitalism, the book shows how a multiethnic and multi-religious island nation, where livelihoods depend on tourism, has managed to encourage all social classes to transcend their ethnic and religious differences. In the analysis, the book discusses the island DJs, whose formulations of Christian faith, musical creativity, and capitalist survival express ordinary people's hopes and fears and promote tolerance.

Keywords: Saint Martin; Sint Maarten; Christianity; calypso; capitalism; island nation; multi-religious island; DJs; tolerance

Book.  272 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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Introduction in Chanting Down the New Jerusalem

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So Many Men, so Many Histories in Chanting Down the New Jerusalem

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Conclusion in Chanting Down the New Jerusalem

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