Today we’re answering the question What makes this anthropology?, the politics of respectability and its iterations for African-Americans vs. Jamaican immigrants, we celebrate Black women’s bodies and Jamaican dancehall with Carolyn Cooper’s essay “Lady Saw Cuts Loose: Female Fertility Rituals in the Dancehall”, and we bring it to popular culture with Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s new banger WAP and Kamala Harris’ historic nomination as the Democratic candidate for VP.

Discussed this week:

The Emergence of Modern Blackness in Jamaica” (Deborah Thomas, 2007)

Lady Saw Cuts Loose: Female Fertility Rituals in the Dancehall” (Carolyn Cooper, 2004)

You Want Me To Watch The Kids While You Go Out With Another Guy?” (Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel, 2020)

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory” (David Graeber, 2018)

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