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Becoming RastaOrigins of Rastafari Identity in Jamaica$
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Charles Price

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767467

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767467.001.0001

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Ethnogenesis, Surprise, and Collective Identity Formation

Ethnogenesis, Surprise, and Collective Identity Formation

(p.55) 2 Ethnogenesis, Surprise, and Collective Identity Formation
Becoming Rasta

Charles Price

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on watershed moments in the evolution of the Rastafari in order to provide sociohistorical context, to illustrate instances of disruption in their ethnogenesis, as well as to situate personal identity formation within the context of ethnogenesis. By drawing our attention to the birth and evolution of a people, the ethnogenesis approach offers us the opportunity to delve into the dynamics of collective identity formation, especially the social interactions, conflict, disruptions, and unanticipated outcomes involved. Thus, the chapter combines the focus on ethnogenesis with the concepts of “perturbation” and “self-organization,” in order to emphasize the contingency, unpredictability, and increasing complexity involved in Rastafari ethnogenesis.

Keywords:   Rastafari ethnogenesis, ethogenesis, sociohistorical context, collective identity formation, perturbation, self-organization

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