Jesus Dub: Theology, Music and Social Change

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Routledge, Sep 27, 2006 - Philosophy - 192 pages
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Robert Beckford explores the dialogue between two central institutions in African Caribbean life: the church and the dancehall. He highlights how Dub – one of the central features of dancehall culture – can be mobilized as a framework for re-evaluating theology, taking apart doctrine and reconstructing it under the influence of a guiding theme.

Engaging with the social and cultural heritage that informs Christian African Caribbean culture, including the influence of slavery, Revival Christianity and working class Jamaican life, Black theology and music ranging from post-war Sound System to American Hip Hop, Jesus Dub is a detailed exploration of how throughout history, music and faith have been transformed in response to racialised oppression. Finally, Beckford demonstrates that dub style appears in the teachings of Jesus, and that Dub is a tool which can provide new ways of envisaging and practising spiritual gifts and financial giving, proposing a more inclusive theology for everyone.


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Robert Beckford is a Visiting Fellow in the department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, and is the author of a number of books in the field of religion, popular culture and politics, including Jesus is Dread (2008) and God and the Gangs (2004). He has presented several documentaries in the UK for the BBC and Channel 4, gained a BAFTA in 2001 for diversity in educational broadcasting and is currently the presenter of the Sunday Morning Show on BBC West Midlands.

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