Times of the self in Kingston, Jamaica

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Revival Zionists – a small spiritist following in Jamaica – describe how their relations with spirits allow them to bring personal spiritual gifts to bear on every day or ‘temporal’ experience. Taking a hint from Kant that ‘time itself does not change but only something which is in time’, the article considers the timely logic of these ‘gifts’. In a social-economic situation characterised by paucity of material resources but plenitude of labour-time, spiritual gifts reappear as a valued ground for a person's reputation. Likewise, we may also see them as one example of an attempt to organise the relationship between homo noumenon and homo temporalis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-420
Issue number3
Early online date9 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2017


  • Homo noumenon
  • Revival Zion
  • Kingston
  • Jamaica
  • Caribbean
  • Kant
  • Reputation


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