Jah kingdom : Rastafarians, Tanzania, and pan-Africanism in the age of decolonization / Monique A. Bedasse
- Bedasse, Monique
- Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xiii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Trodding diaspora -- Without vision the people perish: the divine, regal, and noble Afrikan nation -- Tanzania: site of diaspora aspiration -- The wages of blackness: Rastafari and the politics of pan-Africanism after flag independence -- Diasporic dreams, African nation-state realities -- Sow in tears, reap in joy: Rastafarian repatriation and the African liberation struggle -- Strange bedfellows: Rastafari, C.L.R. James, and the "Africa" in pan-Africanism.
- "In Jah kingdom, Bedasse tells the story of how a group of Rastafarians led by Ras Bupe Karudi worked with scholars, activists, and politicians in the 1970s and 1980s to make pilgrimage and repatriation to Africa a possibility. Years of activism resulted in the Tanzanian government granting legal status to returning Rastafarians in 1985, and even giving the movement's adherents land in 1989. In time, friction between migrants and the struggling Tanzanian state would ultimately make repatriation impractical, but the decades of concerted activism and outreach offer a fascinating window into the political and intellectual ferment of the African diaspora during the era of decolonization"--
"From its beginnings in 1930s Jamaica, the Rastafarian movement has become a global presence. While the existing studies of the Rastafarian movement 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 Rastafari’s 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 nation. Beyond her engagement with how the Rastafarian idea of Africa translated into a lived reality, she demonstrates how Tanzanian state and nonstate actors not only validated the Rastafarian idea of diaspora but were also crucial to defining the parameters of Pan-Africanism. Based on previously undiscovered oral and written sources from Tanzania, Jamaica, England, the United States, and Trinidad, Bedasse uncovers a vast and varied transnational network--including Julius Nyerere, Michael Manley, and C. L. R James--revealing Rastafari’s entrenchment in the making of Pan-Africanism in the postindependence period." -- Publisher's description
- 9781469633589 hardcover ; alkaline paper
1469633582 hardcover ; alkaline paper
9781469633596 paperback ; alkaline paper
1469633590 paperback ; alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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