Rastafari: Roots and Ideology

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According to social anthropologist Chevannes, understanding the Jamaican-born movement that takes its name after the prince, or ras, named Tafari Makonnen who was crowned in 1930 as Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie requires looking not so much at dreadlocks or reggae but at the worldview of the Jamaican peasantry who replaced rural with urban poverty as they migrated to Kingston in the early 1930s. Drawing on his 1974 dissertation fieldwork, Chevannes traces Rastafari to forms of cultural reconstruction, including idealization of Africa, and to the belief system and ethics of what he calls Revivalism. Revivalist beliefs, which helped the peasants cope with oppression, turned on a hope of undoing European colonization and domination. Chevannes's writing style is stilted and his view is not comprehensive, yet there is little literature on the subject that would allow placing his work in context. For collections on Jamaica, the African diaspora, or millenarian movements.-Thomas J. Davis, SUNY at Buffalo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815602965
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: Utopianism and Communitarianism Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 294,960
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Spirit of Resistance 1
2 The Uprooting 44
3 The Enlightenment 78
4 Early Leaders and Organizations 119
5 Enter the Dreadlocks 145
6 The Bobo Dread 171
7 The Era of the Dreadlocks 189
8 Word, Sound, and Power 208
9 Repatriation and Divination 231
10 Rastafari and the Wider World 255
Bibliography 283
Index 291
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