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Title: Lords and empresses in and out of Babylon : the EABIC community and the dialectic of female subordination
Author: Montlouis, Nathalie
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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In this thesis, I have questioned the influence of whiteness in the assessment of female subordination in an increasingly neoliberal Caribbean setting. Indeed, due the rigidity of the gendered role attribution on their commune, Bobo Shanti Rastafarians have universally been accused of institutionalising female subordination by most scholars of Rastafari. In Jamaica, where women have traditionally been key agents of their communities, a passive acceptance of a subordinated status can be puzzling. Is androgyny the only means to gender equality? With the caution of strategic gender universalism against cultural relativism, I have endeavoured to analyse gender construction through the standards of this atypical community. It was the first time that a female researcher was immersed in the Bull' Bay community. It was therefore possible to analyse the EABIC livity from a female perspective, a point lacking in most academic publications about Rastafari, the EABIC and gender equality. From this qualitative study, I have suggested that the EABIC can be regarded as a radical social movement where the potential of its members needs to be federated towards the fulfilment of its objectives; creating a system where equal value is placed on defined gendered roles. I have explored three main areas: the EABIC epistemology; the public; then the private spheres of the commune. I have found that nothing in EABIC theology, the EABIC's foundation for knowledge creation, neither justified nor encouraged female subordination. Men and women are considered to be divine. The Universal supports both men and women. If the EABIC does not promote gender equality 'male style', it enforces the paramount importance of male and female agency for the survival of its purpose: Repatriation with Reparation. EABIC empresses' habitus may not fit the western notion of female empowerment; yet their chosen means to exercise agency in their community cannot be diminished.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral