Religion, Diaspora and Cultural Identity

Religion, Diaspora and Cultural Identity : A Reader in the Anglophone Caribbean

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Although the religions of the Caribbean have been a subject of popular media, there have been few ethnographic publications. This text is a much-needed and long overdue addition to Caribbean studies and the exploration of ideas, beliefs, and religious practices of Caribbean folk in diaspora and at home. Drawing upon ethnographic and historical research in a variety of contexts and settings, the contributors to this volume explore the relationship between religious and social life. Whether practiced at home or abroad, the contributors contend that the religions of Caribbean folk are dynamic and creative endeavors that have mediated the ongoing and open-ended relation between local and global, historical and contemporary more

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  • Paperback | 436 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 807g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138985023
  • 9781138985025

Table of contents

1. Neither Here Nor There: The Place of "Community" in the Jamaican Religious Imagination 2. Religion in the Anglophone Caribbean: Historical Overview 3. West Indian American Day: Becoming a Tile in the Gorgeous Mosaic 4. Movements of Jah People: From Soundscape to Mediascape 5. Spiritual Baptists in New York City: A View from the Vincentian Converted 6. Only Visitors Here: Representing Rastafari into the 21st Century 7. Pentecostal Community and Jamaican Hierarchy 8. The Noise of Astonishment: Spiritual Baptist Music in Context 9. Chaos, Compromise, and Transformation in the Orisha Religion in Trinidad 10. Between the Living and the Dead: The Apotheosis of Rastafari Heroes 11. " Citing [Sighting]-Up" : Words, Sounds, and Reading Scripture in Jamaica 12. Blasphemy, Sacrilege, and Moral Degradation in the Trinidad Carnival: The Hallelujah Controversy of 1995 13. Cultural Encounters in the Diaspora: Suriname-Creole Religion in the Netherlands 13. On the "Right Path" : Interpolating Religion in Trinidadshow more