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Overview

Rastafari has been seen as a political organization, a youth movement, and a millenarian cult. This lively collection of papers challenges these categories and offers a "new approach" to the study of Rastafari. Chevannes and his contributors suggest that we can better understand Rastafari-and Caribbean culture, for that matter-by seeing the movement as both a departure from and a continuance of Revivalism, an African-Caribbean folk religion. By linking Rastafari to Revival, we can enrich our understanding of an African-Caribbean worldview, and we can appreciate Rastafari not only as a political force but as a powerful expression of African-Caribbean culture and tradition.

Barry Chevannes provides a concise overview of Rastafari and Revivalism and clearly lays out the volume's "new approach." Leading scholars of Rastafari illustrate and develop the theme with chapters on Rastafari as resistance, the origin of the dreadlocks, Rastafari and language, women in African-Caribbean religions and more. With chapters that range from the specific to the general, this volume will be important to specialists of Caribbean religion and the African diaspora and to those with a burgeoning interest in Rastafari.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813524122
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction
1 Introducing the Native Religions of Jamaica 1
2 New Approach to Rastafari 20
3 Religion as Resistance in Jamaican Peasant Life: The Baptist Church, Revival Worldview and Rastafari Movement 43
4 The Origin of the Dreadlocks 77
5 The Phallus and the Outcast: The Symbolism of the Dreadlocks in Jamaica 97
6 Dub History: Soundings on Rastafari Livity and Language 127
7 The De-Labelling Process: From 'Lost Tribe' to 'Ethnic Group' 182
8 African-American Worldviews in the Caribbean 196
9 Demons in a Garbage Chute: Surinamese Creole Women's Discourse on Possession and Therapy 211
10 History, Memory and Appropriation: Some Problems in the Analysis of Origins 233
11 Afterword 253
References 257
Glossary 272
Index 277
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