Visions of Zion : Ethiopians and Rastafari in the Search for the Promised Land.

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 repatri...

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Author / Creator: MacLeod, Erin C.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Imprint: New York : New York University Press, 2014.
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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.

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.

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Physical Description:1 online resource (312 pages)
ISBN:9781479890996
Author Notes:MacLeod Erin C. :

Erin C. MacLeod is on the Faculty of General Studies at Vanier College.