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Rastafari: From Outcasts to Culture Bearers

Ennis Barrington Edmonds


Since its emergence in the margins of 1930s Jamaican society, Rastafari has moved to the forefront of Jamaican popular culture. This transition has been occasioned by Rastafari's own internal dynamics, by the gradual shift from a more conflict‐ridden relationship to rapprochement between the movement and the wider society, and by the ability of the movement to insert itself in the cultural life of the society. With regard to its internal development, Rastas have evolved a dynamic social ethos with informal social relationships facilitated through a network of “houses” and “mansions,” a highly ... More

Keywords: entrenchment, ethos, Bob Marley, popular culture, popular music, rapprochement, Rastafari, reggae, ritual activities, routinization, Weber

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195133769
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195133765.001.0001


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Ennis Barrington Edmonds, author
Barnard College
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