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Rastafari: Roots and Ideology

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Interviews with 30 converts from the 1930s and 1940s are a component of Barry Chevanne's book, a look into the origins and practices of Rastafarianism. From the direct accounts of these early members, he is able to reconstruct pivotal episodes in Rastafarian history to offer a look into a subgroup of Jamaican society whose beliefs took root in the social unrest of the 1930 ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Syracuse University Press
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Jan 14, 2013 Doug rated it really liked it
I read this book while traveling in Jamaica which I think may have helped my understand it, or at least helped immerse me in the Jamaican culture from which Rastafarianism emerged. It can seem a bit directionless as the interviews don't necessarily lead smoothly into a thread of a narrative, but I think this lack of narrative thread or easily drawn conclusions helped prevent the forming of stereotypes about Rastas and encouraged a more sophisticated and accurate picture of the Rastafarian moveme ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
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I have read 2 books on Rastafarians. This book is good, but dwells to much in to the political elements of it and less time on the actual rastafarians. If you are more into the political end of the movement... this is probably the better book. If your interest are more towards the actual rastas and their lifestyle and culture, you may want to try a different book. It's a good book, educational as far as Jamaican politics is concerned. Not exactly what I was looking for... but a well written and ...more
Jun 21, 2012 Rhonnel rated it really liked it
A great unbiased insight in the world of Rastafari.
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Mar 20, 2013 Chelsea Ursaner rated it it was ok
As interested as I am in Rastafari religion and culture, this book was just not enjoyable. It came about from a doctoral dissertation and reads like one. First sentence - "This study first traces the cultural roots of the Rastafari movement in Jamaica where it originated and then provides an ethnographic description of the movement in the city of Kingston." I'm only giving it two stars instead of one because it basically does what it promises.

Worst of all, Chevannes devotes almost no time to Ra
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