Everywhere Is War Brent Hagerman Analysis

Good Essays
“Everywhere Is War: Peace and Violence in the life and Songs of Bob Marley” is written by Brent Hagerman, a professor in the Religion Department at Wilfrid Laurier University. In this article, Hagerman attempts to discuss the ambiguity present in Bob Marley’s songs. Knowing that Marley’s songs do suggest both peace and violence, Hagerman analyzes his songs to conclude if Marley was a pacifist or revolutionary. Although most of his analysis was based on “War”, he also evaluates others including “One Love”, “Rastaman Live up”, and “Chant Down Babylon”. To fully comprehend Bob Marley’s perspective about peace and violence, Hagerman take into account the society in which Marley lived in. In his article, Hagerman concludes that: Marley’s religion, …show more content…
However, Hagerman does argue that culture affected Marley’s view of peace just as his faith in Rastafari. In 1976, when the time that “War” was written, Jamaica was experiencing some political turmoil. There was so much violence in Jamaica during the 1976 election that tourism significantly decreased. Hagerman describes this period as “a physical war” around Marley (387). During this period, Marley and his wife were attacked by men in their home (387). Even with such disadvantages, Marley was still able to be an accomplished artist. His music created a sense of community for its listeners and he was able to spread Rastafari and its concept, not only locally, but also internationally. Hagerman does not directly state that Bob Marley’s music is popular culture but it was received and appreciated by a large audience during Marley’s time and even now; therefore, it is safe to conclude that Marley’s music is popular …show more content…
In the future, I hope to follow his example. You can write pages of analysis, but it is futile is your argument was not proven. When it comes to introducing a subject to an audience, I will ensure that it is interesting and somehow relevant to the present. It does have to be about an event that occurred the previous week, but it should be a subject that many can relate to. Concerning my views of religion and popular culture, I will explicitly reveal them in my analysis. Just as Hagerman, I will use evidence directly related to the subject and views of scholars concerning the subjects. I also believe it would be beneficial to include some counterarguments in my

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Sociology Of Religion

    • 1043 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Final The objective of this course was to open our eyes to the sociological perspective of religion and to develop an understanding of tolerance towards it. The combination of articles, discussions, and books that we read certainly has an impact on my view of religion. Sociology of religion is the study of the religion what religion is, how it works, and its effect. This study requires an atheistic standpoint when approaching the subject of religion, meaning sociologists must follow a scientific approach that cannot explain religious phenomena using religious ideas. Although all people do not have the same beliefs, religion is found in all human societies and evidence can be traced back to earlier times where religious ceremonies were found.…

    • 1043 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Religions are known to bring out the good in individuals, however, there lies a side where religious motives guide people to carry out awful actions. Actions such as collective violence, is carried out by millenarian religious movements. Understanding Contemporary Millenarian Violence by John Walliss, is an article that summarizes studies of millenarian violence, enabling readers to understand what these religious movements have done and their “darker” side. The article by John Walliss enables to deepen the readers’ understanding by providing clear examples of new topics and briefly elaborating on each religious movement. On the other hand, Walliss lacks on deepening the information of some of the millenarian studies he summarizes.…

    • 804 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Religion human behaviour with its institution and systems of beliefs and practices. The subject Religion needs modern ways to study it to sense of this human behavioral phenomenon. The theories of Religious very in angle of the which the researcher can approach of Religion. The theories of Religion can try to the questions Religious history of mankind from origin. Although the origin and function…

    • 983 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    What exactly is religion and what is an institution? Religion can be defined as a “system of beliefs and practices related to sacred things that unites believers into a moral community” (Brinkerhoff 285). An institution “is an enduring social structure that meets basic human needs” (Brinkerhoff 76). Religion creating a huge impact on society and vice-versa, sociologist can view religion in many different perspectives. Considering religion as an institution; how would structural functionalist, conflict theorist, or symbolic theorist view it?…

    • 1263 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Self And Self Reflection

    • 1369 Words
    • 5 Pages

    I was marked down and this was quite possibly due to me not citing authoritative sources and not using the OSCOLA referencing style guide accurately. Alternatively, for my next essay I will be taking on board input given from the last assignment. In my essay writing I tend to jump from point to point not being able to stay on topic and end up not actually answering the question properly. I must make sure that I always back up my points with good materials and…

    • 1369 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    When discussing religious pluralism, automatically one should understand it’s relevance to this course. This is because from a social science stand point having it allows one to learn from a faith and ultimately teach one about humanity and our development throughout time. When religious pluralism is present, the cooperative discussion of beliefs and traditions can happen which is known as interfaith dialogue. With these two things combined, critical thinking can occur which allows for a better understanding of the various ultimate concerns and realities that people…

    • 1008 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This caught me off guard, because I thought I remembered how to properly do so, but after seeing the notes on Writing Project Three I realize that in the future I will have to be more studious of this. I know that my Works Cited Page for Writing Project Four will be much better than in Writing Project Three, now that I have included hanging indentation, but after looking upon the rest of my work in Writing Project Three I worry that I should have double checked to make sure I quoted other’s work correctly. As stated, I thought I had no need to worry about this particular part of writing. I wonder if the reason for so many errors in Writing Project Three was because I did not comb through it enough during the editing process. This will be another thing to keep in mind for my future work.…

    • 1017 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Tupac Analysis

    • 847 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Critics, who were not fond of this young rapper 's music, grudgingly had to agree that his refreshing honesty made them take notice of all the miles went by, and the ones left to travel in young black America. Tupac Shakur enjoyed a fan base that included people of all colors, nationalities, genders, and race. Of course, I personal don’t like rap music and would never listen to it, but I became an instant fan of Tupac when I heard one of his songs while shopping at the mall. I was completely captivated by his poetic/inspired lyrics and his eloquent, fluent style. Although he is gone too soon, this larger-than-life megastar’s lyrics and message lives on in the hearts of all his fans around…

    • 847 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    O Flaherty

    • 901 Words
    • 4 Pages

    One such scholar who offers an interpretation of this method is Wendy Doniger - O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty, in detailing her account of the hunter and the sage, advocates for religious studies scholars to be more sympathetic to the beliefs and experiences of the adherent within the specific phenomenon. That is to say, she holds that we as scholar should try to the best of our ability to put ourselves in the participants ‘shoes’, “but to remain, at the same time, inside [our] own head.” The stance that O’Flaherty is arguing from enables scholars to retrieve valuable data of the participants in study about their belief structure and experiences, while simultaneously allowing us to sympathetically share the participants disposition towards the specific…

    • 901 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    John Kaltner: Book Review

    • 1017 Words
    • 5 Pages

    As I do believe from reading this that Kaltner would be able to help also give them insight into the religion. In addition, this book can help set standards to their furtherance of their religion of choice. In addition; which ties into my third party I would recommend Introducing the Qur’an for Today’s Reader to; I would say this would be a good early study guide, if one would say, to help better a basis and answer questions. As the last sentence ties into the third party I would recommend Introducing the Qur’an for Today’s Reader to, I also can consider recommending this to theological scholars and pastors, priests, bishops, and so have you. It would help better their understanding, as it would also better answer their questions that may be present or questions of those from their congregations.…

    • 1017 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays