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“Coming in from the Cold”

Ennis Barrington Edmonds

in Rastafari

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195133769
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834167 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195133765.003.0006
“Coming in from the Cold”

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Starting out among the most marginalized in Jamaican society, Rastafari vociferously rejected and condemned the political and social establishment, which reacted by branding the members of the movement as a criminal or lunatic fringe. However, over the years, the relationship between Rastafari and Jamaican society has gone through a series of changes that have facilitated the entrenchment of Rastafari in Jamaica. In this respect, the relationship has moved from resistance and repression to accommodation and assimilation, and eventually to cooptation and commodification.

Keywords: accommodation; assimilation; commodification; cooptation; repression; resistance

Chapter.  7688 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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