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Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization

Monique A. Bedasse

Abstract

From its beginnings in 1930s Jamaica, the Rastafarian movement has become a global presence. While the existing studies of Rastafari have primarily focused on its cultural expression through reggae music, art, and iconography, Monique A. Bedasse argues that repatriation to Africa represents the most important vehicle of its international growth. Shifting the scholarship on repatriation from Ethiopia to Tanzania, Bedasse foregrounds Rastafari’s enduring connection to black radical politics and establishes Tanzania as a critical site to explore gender, religion, race, citizenship, socialism, and ... More

Keywords: Rastafari, Rastafarian movement, Julius Nyerere, Tanzania, Pan-Africanism, repatriation, decolonization, diaspora, transnational, Jamaica

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469633596
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633596.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monique A. Bedasse, author
Washington University, St. Louis