Rastafari practitioners have continually resisted social sciences definition of what outsiders called a millenarian movement. They maintained against these efforts of categorization that Rastafari as a lived and living philosophy combines ancient roots with ever emerging routes.
These historical, dynamic and creative dimensions challenge any homogenizing attempts to freeze the ‘movement’ in time and space. African origins are as important as Diasporean experiences for Rastafari in the manifold struggles to downstroy slavery and oppression. But the strong universal appeal towards the realization of equal rights and justice implodes analytical and practical limitations of a Black Atlantic culture.
This volume brings together contributions from well-known Rastafari practitioners and social scientists as a counter to the unilateral politics of outside definition, identification, and misrepresentation. They discuss Rastafari as an experimental philosophy; its historical and contemporary global culture dimensions and its contribution to issues such as decolonization, reparation and repatriation.
- Table of Contents
- Chapter One: The Meaning of Rastafari for World Critique - Rasta within a Universal Context
- Chapter Two: The Contribution of Rastafarianism to the Decolonization of the Caribbean
- Chapter Three: Rasta from Experience
- Chapter Four: Marcus Garvey and the Early Rastafarians
- Chapter Five: Rastafari and Erna Brodber´s Black Space - Symbolic Strategies
- Chapter Six: Mutabaruka - The Return to the Motherland, Notes on a Documentary Filmof an African–Jamaican Artist’s His-Story of Africa
- Chapter Seven: Ghana, Africa from Experience
- Chapter Eight: Reparations - Rastafari Pathway to World Peace
- Chapter Nine: ‘Repatriation is a Must!’ - The Rastafari Struggle to Utterly Downstroy Slavery
- Chapter Ten: The Dark Side of the City - Racialized Barriers, Culture and Citizenship in Britain c.1950-1990s
- Chapter Eleven: Afro-Caribbean Music as a Cohesion Factor of Identity
- Chapter Twelve: Roots and Culture - Rasta Bushdoctors of the Cape, SA
- Chapter Thirteen: Being and Becoming a Rastafarian - Notes on the Anthropology of Religious Conversion
- Chapter Fourteen: Rastafari and the Critical Tradition
- Chapter Fifteen: Beyond the ‘I’ - Three Sonnets