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Stanley-Niaah, Sonjah
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Institute of Caribbean Studies
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Reflection from the Margin: Jah Cure, Rastafari and the new leadership through stardom
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'African Caribbean Worldview and the Making of Caribbean Society', Conference in honour of Barry Chevannes
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January 19-21, 2006
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Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, University of the West Indies
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Abstract
Drawing on Chevannes' contribution to the documentation and interpretation of the Rastafari in Jamaica, in particular the theorizing of the value of the celebrated icons of the Movement - this paper examines the case of incarcerated singer 'Jah Cure', and the unique nature of his rehabilitation through his prison sentencing and reflections. Utimately we argue that 'Jah Cure' represents a potential hybrid of the Chevannes order, impacting 'from the margin' through the development of a rehabilitative / remedial celebrity. Using Jah Cure's music as a point of Rastafari and new ideas on the production of celebrity / stardom from sociology and cultural studies....
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