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RastafariFrom Outcasts to Culture Bearers$
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Ennis Barrington Edmonds

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195133769

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195133765.001.0001

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Charisma, Routinization, and Rastafari

Charisma, Routinization, and Rastafari

(p.7) 1 Charisma, Routinization, and Rastafari

Ennis Barrington Edmonds (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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