I. What Lies Ahead?
a. Lake feels somewhat at home in Jamaica after her years of research.
b. A part of Lakes background is Caribbean.
c. Her research began in 1983, and since she has formally interviewed over
c.i. Some women refused to be inte
I. Womens Containment within a Capitalist Political Economy
a. Lakes perspective draws on socialist and Black feminist ideologies.
b. Rastafarians have accepted the role of capitalism in their oppression.
c. In many Diaspora African communities, homosexua
I. Feminist Approaches What is Missing?
a. Feminist theorists from different schools of thought have different
paradigms by which to view sexual inequality.
b. Liberal feminists seek to work within the capitalist system to ameliorate
I. Rastafarian Women Literature
a. While much has been written about Rastafarianism, little has been written
about their women.
b. This text is based on more than 14 years of Jamaican Rastafarian research.
b.i. It correlates the subordination of Rastafari
I. Rastafarian Women and the Global Struggle for Liberation
a. Women have always been a threat to men since they can act
independently. Before bureaucracy, women were subordinated through
a.i. Today women are valued less than men economically
I. Christianity and Revivalist Religions
a. Some claim that religion has been used to mollify Africans while others
claim that it has been used as a catalyst for their fight for liberation.
a.i. These are both true.
b. Europeans wrote most of the accounts
I. Slavery and Rastas
a. Rastas grew out of a complex of slavery and slave resistance in Jamaica.
a.i. Beginning in the 16th century, Jamaica became a major slave depot
in the Caribbean.
a.ii. Beginning in 1517 Africans were brought to Jamaica to work as
I. Repatriation to Africa
a. The second most important tenet of RastafarI is that repatriation is
b. Many Rastas who repatriate take advantage of Selassies land grant to
b.i. Most live in Shashemene.
b.ii. They havent always
a. Few have elaborated on the recent tenet of Rastafarianism that states
women are subordinate to men.
b. This ideology exists, as Lake contends, because of the unwillingness of
men to relinquish their privilege and control over resource
I. Rasta Language (I-Man)
a. Many Rastas abstain from eating meat and have a language that integrates
specific Rasta elements into normal Jamaican speech.
b. Rastas add new prefixes to words, create new words, and give different
meanings to the existing l