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Reggae, Rastafari, and the rhetoric of social control

Author: Stephen A King; Barry T Bays; P Rene Foster
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on research in social movement theory and protest music, Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control traces the history and rise of reggae and the story of how an island nation commandeered the music to fashion an image and entice tourists." "Visitors to Jamaica are often unaware that reggae was a revolutionary music rooted in the suffering of Jamaica's poor. Rastafarians were once a target of
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen A King; Barry T Bays; P Rene Foster
ISBN: 1578064899 9781578064892 9781604730036 160473003X
OCLC Number: 48958541
Description: xxv, 173 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: PART ONE (1959-1971) --
Ska and the roots of Rastafarian musical protest --
Rocksteady, the Rude Boy, and the political awakening of Rastafari --
Early reggae, Black power, and the politicization of Rastafari --
Jamaica Labour Party's "policy of the beast" : the rhetoric of social control strategies --
PART TWO (1972-1980) --
International reggae : popularization and polarization of Rastafari --
Michael Manley and the People's National Party's co-optation of the Rastafari and reggae.
Responsibility: by Stephen A. King ; with contributions by Barry T. Bays III and P. Renée Foster.

Abstract:

"Drawing on research in social movement theory and protest music, Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control traces the history and rise of reggae and the story of how an island nation commandeered the music to fashion an image and entice tourists." "Visitors to Jamaica are often unaware that reggae was a revolutionary music rooted in the suffering of Jamaica's poor. Rastafarians were once a target of police harassment and public condemnation. Now the music is a marketing tool, and the Rastafarians are no longer a "violent counterculture" but an important symbol of Jamaica's new cultural heritage."

"This book attempts to explain how the Jamaican establishment's strategies of social control influenced the evolutionary direction of both the music and the Rastafarian movement." "From 1959 to 1971, Jamaica's popular music became identified with the Rastafarians, a social movement that gave voice to the country's poor black communities. In response to this challenge, the Jamaican government banned politically controversial reggae songs from the airwaves and jailed or deported Rastafarian leaders."

"Yet when reggae became internationally popular in the 1970s, divisions among Rastafarians grew wider, spawning a number of pseudo-Rastafarians who embraced only the external symbolism of this world-wide religion. Exploiting this opportunity, Jamaica's new Prime Minister, Michael Manley, brought Rastafarian political imagery and themes into the mainstream. Eventually, reggae and Rastafari evolved into Jamaica's chief cultural commodities and tourist attractions."--Jacket.

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