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Island Gospel: Pentecostal Music and Identity in Jamaica and the United States

Melvin L. Butler


For Jamaican Pentecostal Christians, music is a form of worship that opens pathways to the Spirit and brings about deliverance from sin. It is also a way of drawing and transcending boundaries, as practitioners sing about what they believe and identify where they stand in relation to cultural and religious outsiders. This book explores these ritual functions as they are fulfilled within Jamaican church services and concerts. It highlights the ways in which Pentecostals cultivate feelings of collective distinctiveness by rendering gospel music with an island flavor and by patrolling stylistic b ... More

Keywords: gospel music, holiness, boundaries, flow, worship, religion, Jamaica, Pentecostal Christians, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042904
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melvin L. Butler, author
Miami University