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Chanting Down the New Jerusalem – Calypso, Christianity, and Capitalism in the Caribbean - California Scholarship Online
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Chanting Down the New Jerusalem: Calypso, Christianity, and Capitalism in the Caribbean

Francio Guadeloupe


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 promo ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520254886
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520254886.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francio Guadeloupe, author