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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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Toward a More Comprehensive Understanding of Racial Identity Formation

(p.223) Conclusion
Becoming Rasta

Charles Price

NYU Press

This concluding chapter expands on the insights detailed previously in the book, reiterating the book's goal of offering a fresh look into the Rastafari movement by contextualizing the movement within the broader scope of identity formation on the individual and collective levels. We know that a person's identity is unquestionably a unique property based in an individual's unique experience. We also know that a person's identity is constructed through interaction with other people, historical imagination and social memory, and the cultural resources used to weave together a self-concept. But in combining these perspectives into the Rastafari identity, the chapter concludes that the Rastafari have not only applied positive valence to Blackness by subverting its stigma in general, but they have also woven a new identity for themselves.

Keywords:   Rastafari movement, identity formation, Rastafari identity, Blackness, stigma

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