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Time and Memory in Reggae Music: The Politics of Hope

Sarah Daynes


On the basis of a body of reggae songs from the 1970s and late 1990s, this book offers a sociological analysis of memory, hope and redemption in reggae music. From Dennis Brown to Sizzla, the way in which reggae music constructs a musical, religious and socio-political memory in rupture with dominant models is illustrated by the lyrics themselves. How is the past remembered in the present? How does remembering the past allow for imagining the future? How does collective memory participate in the historical grounding of collective identity? What is the relationship between tradition and revolut ... More

Keywords: reggae, memory, hope, redemption, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, collective identity, tradition, revolution, time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719076213
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Daynes, author