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Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction

Ennis B. Edmonds

December 2012

ISBN: 9780199584529

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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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.

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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.

  • A timely introduction to a rapidly growing religious movement
  • Covers all aspects of the movement - its history, practice, and its global spread
  • Discusses gender issues within Rastafari
  • Examines its influence on cultural and artistic production in the Caribbean and beyond
  • Part of the best-selling Very Short Introduction series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Ennis B. Edmonds, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

Ennis B. Edmonds is Assistant Professor of African-American Religions and American Religions at Kenyon College, Ohio. His areas of expertise are African Diaspora Religions, Religion in America, and Sociology of Religion. His research has focused primarily on Rastafari, leading to the recently published Rastafari: From Outcasts to Culture Bearers (OUP, 2003).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Movement of Jah people: the history of Rastafari in Jamica
    2:'Rastatology' and 'livity': the principles and practices of Rastafari
    3:Grounding, houses, and mansions: social formation of Rastafari
    4:Rastafari international: the making of a global movement
    5:Kingmen, queens, and dawtas: gender issues in Rastafari
    5:'The Head Corner Stone': Rastafari and Caribbean culture
    Further reading