By Marvin Sterling
Sterling offers a nuanced ethnographic research of the ways in which many eastern interested in reggae as musicians and dancers, and people deeply engaged with Rastafari as a non secular perform, search to reimagine their lives via Jamaican tradition. He considers jap performances and representations of Jamaican tradition in golf equipment, competitions, and fairs; on web content; and in tune lyrics, tune movies, reggae magazines, shuttle writing, and fiction. He illuminates problems with race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and sophistication as he discusses subject matters starting from the cultural capital that jap dancehall artists amass by means of immersing themselves in dancehall tradition in Jamaica, long island, and England, to using Rastafari as a way of critiquing category distinction, consumerism, and the colonial pasts of the West and Japan. Encompassing the reactions of Jamaica’s artists to eastern appropriations of Jamaican tradition, in addition to the relative positions of Jamaica and Japan on this planet financial system, Babylon East is an extraordinary ethnographic account of Afro-Asian cultural trade and worldwide discourses of blackness past the African diaspora.
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Babylon East: Performing Dancehall, Roots Reggae, and Rastafari in Japan (e-Duke books scholarly collection.) by Marvin Sterling