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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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Rastafari Nation on the Move

Rastafari Nation on the Move

Identity and Change

(p.201) 6 Rastafari Nation on the Move
Becoming Rasta

Charles Price

NYU Press

This chapter explores the new terrain for Rastafari identity formation as the movement persists well into the twenty-first century. This new terrain involves internationalization of Rastafari identity, new technologies, changes in social class, demographics, and attitude among the Rastafari as women, youth, and well-off people participate in shaping the personal and collective representations of Rastafari. All of this is occurring as older Rastafari like the subjects interviewed for the study grow infirm and “drop off” (pass on). The chapter goes on to detail the major shifts occurring within the movement, especially as Jamaica itself has changed over the years since the movement's inception. Additionally, this chapter considers the efforts made by the older Rastafari to communicate their cultural knowledge and lived experience to younger generations.

Keywords:   Rastafari identity, identity formation, twenty-first century, older Rastafari, women Rastafari, Jamaica, cultural knowledge, lived experience

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