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Jesus Dub : Theology, Music and Social Change - Robert Beckford

Jesus Dub

Theology, Music and Social Change

Hardcover Published: 27th April 2006
ISBN: 9780415310185
Number Of Pages: 192

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Dub is an act of deconstruction, where a reggae musician takes apart the key elements of a music track, and repositions them, transforming the original, enabling new ways of hearing and understanding. Dub is not neutral, it enriches music with political, spiritual and cultural influences, challenging the establishment.
"Jesus Dub "is Robert Beckford's exploration of the dialogue between two central institutions in African Caribbean life: the church and the dancehall. Beckford shows 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 which 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 an exploration of how throughout history, music and faith have been transformed in response to racialism 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 practicing spiritual gifts, financial giving and family life, proposing a more inclusive theology for everyone.

Theorising the politics of soundp. 15
Diasporic dialogue : the emergence of sound systems and Pentecostal churchesp. 28
The set and the spirit : dancehall and church hall as cultural resistancep. 45
The gospel of dub : origins and developmentp. 65
Dub hermeneutics : form and contentp. 81
Jesus dubp. 93
Echo chamber : dialogue with William (Lez) Henryp. 101
Spirit dub : towards heteroglossiap. 115
Prosperity dub : commonwealth countriesp. 130
Conclusion : theology and culture dubp. 145
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ISBN: 9780415310185
ISBN-10: 0415310180
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 27th April 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1