Charisma, Routinization, and Rastafari

Ennis Barrington Edmonds

in Rastafari

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195133769
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834167 | DOI:
Charisma, Routinization, and Rastafari

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Max Weber's theory of charisma and routinization is related to his concern with ideas as social forces, to his view of rationalization as the basis for human action and societal organization, and to his concern about how domination/authority is acquired and legitimated. This chapter reviews and critiques this theory and suggests that, contrary to Weber's contention, Rastafari has entrenched itself in Jamaican society without the development of formal organizational structures. Rastafari's routinization has been occasioned by the development of an informal network and ethos, by the changing attitudes of Jamaican society to the movement, and by the dominant influence the movement has exerted on Jamaican society since the 1960s.

Keywords: charisma; domination; ideas; Rastafari; rationalization; routinization; social forces; Weber

Chapter.  9078 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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