Rasta, race and revolution. The emergence and development of the Rastafari movement in socialist Cuba
(Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung 28)
Berlin: Lit Verlag 2006
264 pp., Euro 29.90; ISBN 3-8258-9600-5
Keywords: Rastafari (Cuba), economy and culture, racism, identity and Rastafari

##Decades after its birth and subsequent tour du monde Rastafari has more recently also appeared in revolutionary Cuba. How the movement has been globalized and subsequentially localized in a socialist and Spanish speaking context are the main foci of this book. In particular it examines how Cubans have adopted and adapted the movement to their own socio-political and cultural context and what, given these circumstances, "Babylon" is in Cuba. As a predominantly Afro-Cuban youth movement particular attention is paid to Rastafari"s development in the context of Cuba"s current economic crisis and re-appearance of more overt racism. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Cuba, the study shows how Rastafari"s growth and presence on the island has influenced and contributed to the formation and expression of new cultural identities and discourses with regard to what it means to be young, black and Cuban.##