AFR 299
Rastafari: Dread, Politics, Agency Spring 2018 Division II; Cross-listed as REL261 / PSCI233 / AFR299
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The emergence of Rastafari in the twentieth century marked a distinct phase in the theory and practice of political agency. From its heretical roots in Jamaica, Garveyism, Ethiopianism, and Pan-Africanism, Rastafari has evolved from a Caribbean theological movement to an international political actor. This course investigates the political theory of Rastafari in order to develop intellectual resources for theorizing the concept of agency in contemporary Africana thought and political theory. We will analyze texts and audio-visual works on the political economy of late colonial Jamaica, core Rastafari thinking, political theology, the role of reggae music, the notion of agency, and the influence of Rastafari on global politics.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 3005
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and participation, weekly reading e-response papers, two short essays, and a 12- to15- page final paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preference: Africana Studies concentrators and majors in Political Science and Religion
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: AFR Core Electives; AMST Arts in Context Electives; AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives;

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