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dc.contributor.advisorWardle, Huon
dc.contributor.authorGomes, Shelene
dc.coverage.spatial269 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractSince the 1950s, men and women, mainly Rastafari from the West Indies, have moved as repatriates to Shashamane, Ethiopia. This is a spiritually and ideologically oriented journey to the promised land of Ethiopia (Africa) and to the land granted by His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I. Although migration across regions of the global south is less common than migration from the global south to north, this move is even more distinct because it is not primarily motivated by economic concerns. This thesis - the first in-depth ethnographic study of the repatriate population - focuses on the conceptual and pragmatic ways in which repatriates and their Ethiopian-born children “rehome” this area of Shashamane that is now called Jamaica Safar (or village in the Amharic language). There is a simultaneous Rasta identification of themselves as Ethiopians and as His Majesty’s people, which is often contested in legal and civic spheres, with a West Indian social inscription of Shashamane. These dynamics have emerged from a Rastafari re-invention of personhood that was fostered in West Indian Creole society. These ideas converge in a central concern with the inalienability of the land grant that is shared by repatriates, their children and Rastafari outside Ethiopia as well. Accordingly, the repatriate population of Shashamane becomes the centre of international social and economic networks. The children born on this land thus demonstrate the success of their parents’ repatriation. They are the ones who will ensure the Rastafari presence there in perpetuity.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectWest Indiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshShashemene (Ethiopia)--Social life and customsen_US
dc.subject.lcshGroup identity--Ethiopia--Shashamaneen_US
dc.subject.lcshWest Indians--Ethiopia--Shashamaneen_US
dc.subject.lcshRastafari movementen_US
dc.subject.lcshEthiopia--Emigration and immigrationen_US
dc.titleThe social reproduction of Jamaica Safar in Shashamane, Ethiopiaen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Amerindian Studiesen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Social Anthropologyen_US

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