Rastafarianism

Rastafarianism, a religious-cultural movement that began (1930s) in Jamaica. Rastafarians believe that Haile Selassie, also named Ras Tafari, the last emperor of Ethiopia (d. 1975), is the Messiah. They tend to reject European culture and ideas and are particularly noted for their use of marijuana. Reggae music is heavily influenced by Rastafarianism. There are some 180,000 Rastafarians worldwide.

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The Rastafarians
Leonard E. Barrett.
Beacon Press, 1997
Rastafari: Roots and Ideology
Barry Chevannes.
Syracuse University Press, 1994
Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control
Stephen A. King; Barry T. Bays III; P. Renée Foster.
University Press of Mississippi, 2002
Ethnicity, Law, and Human Rights: The English Experience
Sebastian Poulter.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Rastafarians: Confrontations concerning Dreadlocks and Cannabis"
The Social Origins of Democratic Socialism in Jamaica
Nelson W. Keith; Novella Z. Keith.
Temple University Press, 1992
Words, Sounds, and Power in Jamaican Rastafari
Dolin, Kasey Qynn.
MACLAS Latin American Essays, March 2001
Dread Talk: The Language of Rastafari
Velma Pollard.
Canoe Press, 2000 (Revised edition)
Rock It Come Over: The Folk Music of Jamaica
Olive Lewin.
University of the West Indies Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Revivalism and Rastafarianism"
When Prophets Die: The Postcharismatic Fate of New Religious Movements
Timothy Miller.
State University of New York Press, 1991
Across the Boundaries of Belief: Contemporary Issues in the Anthropology of Religion
Morton Klass; Maxine Weisgrau.
Westview Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 18 "Transnational Popular Culture and the Global Spread of the Jamaican Rastafarian Movement"
Gatherings in Diaspora: Religious Communities and the New Immigration
R. Stephen Warner; Judith G. Wittner.
Temple University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The House that Rasta Built: Church-Building and Fundamentalism among New York Rastafarians"
Tuning Hebrew Psalms to Reggae Rhythms: Rastas' Revolutionary Lamentations for Social Change
Murrell, Nathaniel Samuel.
Cross Currents, Vol. 50, No. 4, Winter 2000
Prophetic Religions and Politics: Religion and the Political Order
Jeffrey K. Hadden; Anson Shupe.
Paragon House, vol.1, 1984
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Rastafarianism begins on p. 134
New Trends and Developments in African Religions
Peter B. Clarke.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Religion, Patriarchy, and the Status of Rastafarian Women" and Chap. 11 "Rastafari Perceptions of Self and Symbolism"
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