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Black Religious Ethics and Higher Education: Rastafarian identity as a resource for inclusiveness

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Rastafarian identity represents an ethical resource for broadening discussions about inclusiveness in university communities. Based on interviews with Rastas in Jamaica and interpretations of Rastafarian dub poetry and song lyrics, Rastafarian consciousness is described in terms of concepts of self (I-n-I), lifestyle (livity) and community (Ithiopia). Rasta self-concepts are then viewed as creative catalysts for illuminating globalization discussions, and Rasta lifestyles are seen as potential resources for social ethical criticism of international patterns of consumption.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Religion, Texas Christian University, Box 298100, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, USA

Publication date: 01 April 2003

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