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Summary and Conclusions

Ennis Barrington Edmonds

in Rastafari

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195133769
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834167 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195133765.003.0008
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This study of Rastafari suggests that charisma is a collective social phenomenon, generated as much by historical and social forces, as by the extraordinary qualities of charismatic leaders. The simultaneous appearance of multiple charismatic leaders advocating a similar message during the emergence of Rastafari supports this conclusion. With regard to routinization, this study of Rastafari further suggests that a new movement may become entrenched in the fabric of a culture or society without developing the institutional structures generally associated with routinization. In this respect, closer attention should be paid to the internal development of the movement, its ongoing relationship with the rest of the society, and especially its ability to influence cultural change. Future development in the structure and ethos of Rastafari will depend on which impulse gains ascendancy – the traditional philosophical individuality or the yearning for some kind of centralized organization that will be able to pursue more systemic structural change in Jamaican society.

Keywords: centralized organization; charisma; ethos; future development; internal development; routinization

Chapter.  4213 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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