From Outcasts to Culture Bearers
By (author) Ennis B. Edmonds
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Rastafari by Ennis B. Edmonds
Book DescriptionRastafari. The word immediately conjures a host of strong, disparate images. To some, the Rastafarian Movement, which emerged from the ghettos of Jamaica in the 1930s, is embodied by a dreadlocked youth in a haze of marijuana smoke. To others, it represents an authentic, organic expression of working-class culture, a vibrant movement that has expanded to North America, the British Isles, and Africa. Ennis Barrington Edmonds moves beyond simple stereotypes to provide a compelling portrait of the Rastafarian phenomenon and chronicle how a once-obscure group, much maligned and persecuted as an internal threat to Jamaican society, became an international cultural force. He focuses in particular on the internal development of Rastafarianism as a social movement to track the process of this strikingly successful integration. He also demonstrates how African and Afro-Christian religions, Ethiopianism, and Garveyism were all fused into the Rastafari posture of resistance, organised as it is around charismatic figures. Rastafari presents an intimate account of a unique movement, which over the course of several decades institutionalised itself to become the international cultural, political, and musical force it is today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195133769
(240mm x 162mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ennis B. Edmonds
Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (December 2012)
Rastafari has grown into an international socio-religious movement, with adherents of Rastafari found in most of the major population centres and outposts of the world. This Very Short Introduction provides a brief account of this widespread but often poorly understood movement, looking at its history, central principles, and practices.
Caribbean Religious History, Paperback (June 2010)View all books by Ennis B. Edmonds
Explores the religious traditions of the Amerindians who flourished prior to contact with European colonizers. This title details the transplantation of Catholic and Protestant Christianity and their struggles to become integral to the Caribbean's religious ethos, and traces the 20th century penetration of American Evangelical Christianity.
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Author Biography - Ennis B. Edmonds
Born and raised in Jamaica, Ennis Barrington Edmonds is Director of Multicultural Affairs at Barnard College.
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