Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Hassanpour, A.


Speech Communication.



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This thesis intends to trace the contribution of two forms of musical expression--Calypso and Cadence-lypso (Kadans)--and the extent to which they traced, and were part of the upheavals which accompanied Dominica's advance to independence. Kadans particularly, brought a sense of self-esteem to the majority Kweyol-speaking population. Through the use of the popular language in its lyrics, Kadans effected changes in the all-English content of national radio, challenging the one-way transmission practice of communication operational in the colonies in the 1970s. Calypso provided the people with an interpretation of the real occurrences in government. This thesis intends to provide a framework for future researchers in the Caribbean concerned about the role of popular song in political and economic change. I suggest that communication research be no longer restricted to the effects tradition, where senders design messages out of their own specificity to satisfy receivers without the receivers being contributors to the message. Caribbean societies are predominantly oral societies and the oral tradition has a long history which should be taken into account when communication research is being conducted. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Communication Studies. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .H46. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-01, page: 0026. Chairperson: Amir Hassanpour. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.