Former Dancehall Queen Defends PhD Dissertation on ‘Pum-Pum Palitix’
Marlene ‘Done a Gyal’ Henry, the 2006 dancehall queen of Jamaica and Japan, successfully defended her PhD thesis in cultural studies.
Her ethnographic study titled ‘Pum-Pum Palitix: the Blessing and the Curse’ is based on three years of fieldwork in one inner-city community that is not named.
“I address pumpum politics frontally in this work. The vagina is a site for the construction and negotiation of female identity. We have to think the symbolism and prominence of the genitals in micro-level socio-sexual relations.”
Henry’s next project The Price of Pumpum will explore transactional sex and social mobility.