Sex Roles

, Volume 10, Issue 1–2, pp 141–148 | Cite as

The treatment of women in Trinidad's calypsoes, 1969–1979

  • William R. Aho


This research reviews previous research on male-female conflict in the traditional folk music of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, including some which predicted a decline in the level of antagonism directed toward women. It provides empirical evidence for the period 1969–1979 through an analysis of the lyrics of 311 calypso songs. There is no downward trend; about one-fourth of all the calypsoes examined deal centrally with women, and nearly all of these do so in a way judged to be negative to women. Major themes on women in calypsoes are discussed, and some sample lyrics are included.


Empirical Evidence Social Psychology Folk Downward Trend Major Theme 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • William R. Aho
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyRhode Island CollegeProvidence

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