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Author MacLeod, Erin C., author

Title Visions of Zion : Ethiopians and Rastafari in the search for the Promised Land / Erin C. MacLeod
Published New York : NYU Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (312 pages)
Contents Introduction: My Father's Land -- Ethiopianness -- Christianity and the King, Marriage and Marijuana -- Speaking of Space in/and Shashemene -- Africa Unite, Bob Marley, Media, and Backlash -- Representations of Rastafari -- Development and Cultural Citizenship -- Strategies of Ethnic Identity and African Diaspora -- Conclusion: The Future of Ethiopians and Rastafari in the Promised Land
Summary "In reggae song after reggae song Bob Marley and other reggae singers speak of the Promised Land of Ethiopia. 'Repatriation is a must!' they cry. The Rastafari have been travelling to Ethiopia since the movement originated in Jamaica in 1930s. They consider it the Promised Land, and repatriation is a cornerstone of their faith. Though Ethiopians see Rastafari as immigrants, the Rastafari see themselves as returning members of the Ethiopian diaspora. In Visions of Zion, Erin C. MacLeod offers the first in-depth investigation into how Ethiopians perceive Rastafari and Rastafarians within Ethiopia and the role this unique immigrant community plays within Ethiopian society. Rastafari are unusual among migrants, basing their movements on spiritual rather than economic choices. This volume offers those who study the movement a broader understanding of the implications of repatriation. Taking the Ethiopian perspective into account, it argues that migrant and diaspora identities are the products of negotiation, and it illuminates the implications of this negotiation for concepts of citizenship, as well as for our understandings of pan-Africanism and south-south migration. Providing a rare look at migration to a non-Western country, this volume also fills a gap in the broader immigration studies literature"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Citizenship -- Social aspects -- Ethiopia.
Ethnicity -- Ethiopia.
Immigrants -- Ethiopia -- History.
Rastafari movement -- Ethiopia -- Public opinion.
Rastafarians -- Ethiopia -- History.
Rastafarians -- Ethiopia -- Public opinion.
Repatriation -- Social aspects -- Ethiopia.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1479882240 (cloth ;) (alkaline paper)
1479890995 (electronic bk.)
9781479882243 (cloth ;) (alkaline paper)
9781479890996 (electronic bk.)