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Becoming Rasta: Origins of Rastafari Identity in Jamaica

Charles Price


So much has been written about the Rastafari, yet we know so little about why and how people join the Rastafari movement. Although popular understandings evoke images of dreadlocks, reggae, and marijuana, Rastafarians were persecuted in their country, becoming a people seeking social justice. Yet new adherents continued to convert to Rastafari despite facing adverse reactions from their fellow citizens and from their British rulers. This book draws on in-depth interviews to reveal the personal experiences of those who adopted the religion in the 1950s to 1970s, one generation past the movement ... More

Keywords: Rastafari, social justice, Rastafarians, reggae, Jamaicans, discrimination, blackness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780814767467
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814767467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Price, author