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Sterling, Marvin D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Student Building 130
701 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7100
Phone: (812) 855-3858     Fax: (812) 855-4358       E-mail: mdsterli@indiana.edu    

Marvin D. Sterling's research explores Jamaican roots reggae, dancehall, and Rastafari in Japan. He uses performance and globalization theories to help situate Japanese engagement with these Jamaican cultural forms, and to understand how Japanese travel to such sites as Kingston, New York and London inform and "authenticate" these engagements. He is primarily concerned with how Japanese negotiation of the Afrocentrisms evident in these Jamaican cultural forms permit understanding of the construction of race, and particularly blackness, in global historical context. In the first of his two most recent lines of research, he explores the notion of "the search for self" - a prominent keyword in Japanese public discourse since the early 1990s - as specifically linked to Japanese imagination of and travel throughout the global south. Extending his earlier concern with how Western discourse, such as that of race, moves into new, non-Western contexts, in the second line of research, he explores the performative dimensions of what he see as an increased framing of issues of social justice in Jamaica in the language of human rights.

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