Title page for ETD etd-07292004-154529

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dickerson, Ronald Eric
URN etd-07292004-154529
Title Musical Play across Ethnic Boundaries in Western Jamaica
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Helen Regis Committee Chair
Jill Brody Committee Member
Miles Richardson Committee Member
  • performance
  • identity
  • public folklore
  • jamaica
  • music
  • kumina
  • rastafari
  • maroon
  • ritual
  • culture
  • politics
  • religion
Date of Defense 2004-05-05
Availability unrestricted
An ethnography of music, ritual, and festival in western Jamaica, this thesis reports on fieldwork performed in St. Elizabeth and St. James Parishes between June 2002 and January 2003. Featured field sites include rural dancehall events, Kumina performances, Accompong Town's Maroon Heritage Festival, and a Rastafarian music and nutrition festival called "The Supper of Rastafari." Building an account of these and other sites of cultural performance, this study focuses on social connections between groups of participants, traced through poetic, historical, and personal relationships among performers, especially across boundaries of ethnic, stylistic, or religious difference within Jamaica's national cultural identity.
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