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Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199584529

Ennis Barrington Edmonds
160 Pages
175 x 111 mm
Pub date
Dec 2012
Very Short Introductions


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  • 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

From its obscure beginnings in Jamaica in the early 1930s, Rastafari has grown into an international socio-religious movement. It is estimated that 700,000 to 1 million people worldwide have embraced Rastafari, and adherents of the movement can be found in most of the major population centres and many outposts of the world. 
Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction provides an account of this widespread but often poorly understood movement. Ennis B. Edmonds looks at the essential history of Rastafari, including its principles and practices and its internal character and configuration. He examines its global spread, and its far-reaching influence on cultural and artistic production in the Caribbean and beyond. 


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
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About the author: 

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).

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