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A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan


A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan


Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology 1. Aufl.

von: Jennifer Robertson

44,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 15.04.2008
ISBN/EAN: 9781405141451
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 544

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This book is an unprecedented collection of 29 original essays by some of the world’s most distinguished scholars of Japan. Covers a broad range of issues, including the colonial roots of anthropology in the Japanese academy; eugenics and nation building; majority and minority cultures; genders and sexualities; and fashion and food cultures Resists stale and misleading stereotypes, by presenting new perspectives on Japanese culture and society Makes Japanese society accessible to readers unfamiliar with the country
Synopsis of Contents viii Notes on Contributors xviii Part I: Introduction 1 1 Introduction: Putting and Keeping Japan in Anthropology 3Jennifer Robertson Part II: Cultures, Histories, and Identities 17 2 The Imperial Past of Anthropology in Japan 19Katsumi Nakao 3 Japanese Archaeology and Cultural Properties Management: Prewar Ideology and Postwar Legacies 36Walter Edwards 4 Feminism, Timelines, and History-Making 50Tomomi Yamaguchi 5 Making Majority Culture 59Roger Goodman 6 Political and Cultural Perspectives on ‘‘Insider’’ Minorities 73Joshua Hotaka Roth 7 Japan’s Ethnic Minority: Koreans 89Sonia Ryang 8 Shifting Contours of Class and Status 104Glenda S. Roberts 9 The Anthropology of Japanese Corporate Management 125Tomoko Hamada 10 Fashioning Cultural Identity: Body and Dress 153Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni 11 Genders and Sexualities 167Sabine Fru¨hstu¨ck Part III: Geographies and Boundaries, Spaces and Sentiments 183 12 On the ‘‘Nature’’ of Japanese Culture, or, Is There a Japanese Sense of Nature? 185D. P. Martinez 13 The Rural Imaginary: Landscape, Village, Tradition 201Scott Schnell 14 Tokyo’s Third Rebuilding: New Twists on Old Patterns 218Roman Cybriwsky 15 Japan’s Global Village: A View from the World of Leisure 231Joy Hendry Part IV: Socialization, Assimilation, and Identification 245 16 Formal Caring Alternatives: Kindergartens and Day-Care Centers 247Eyal Ben-Ari 17 Post-Compulsory Schooling and the Legacy of Imperialism 261Brian J. McVeigh 18 Theorizing the Cultural Importance of Play: Anthropological Approaches to Sports and Recreation of Japan 279Elise Edwards 19 Popular Entertainment and the Music Industry 297Shuhei Hosokawa 20 There’s More than Manga: Popular Nonfiction Books and Magazines 314Laura Miller Part V: Body, Blood, Self, and Nation 327 21 Biopower: Blood, Kinship, and Eugenic Marriage 329Jennifer Robertson 22 The Ie (Family) in Global Perspective 355Emiko Ochiai 23 Constrained Person and Creative Agent: A Dying Student’s Narrative of Self and Others 380Susan Orpett Long 24 Nation, Citizenship, and Cinema 400Aaron Gerow 25 Culinary Culture and the Making of a National Cuisine 415Katarzyna Cwiertka Part VI: Religion and Science, Beliefs and Bioethics 429 26 Historical, New, and ‘‘New’’ New Religions 431Ian Reader 27 Folk Religion and its Contemporary Issues 452Noriko Kawahashi 28 Women Scientists and Gender Ideology 467Sumiko Otsubo 29 Preserving Moral Order: Responses to Biomedical Technologies 483Margaret Lock Index 501
"This groundbreaking symposium will serve scholars well as a reference volume ... Challenging yet accessible, this is essential stock for all academic libraries, and for reference libraries with any interest in disciplines spanned or in Far East Studies. Blackwell Companions are setting an admirable standard as they blaze new trails." Reference Reviews "This is a handsomely produced volume in the recently launched Blackwell series of companions to the major fields of anthropology. ... Well-written and comprehensively documented." Ethnic and Racial Studies “Despite the magnitude of the task, Robertson has succeeded in this collection. Taken together, these 29 original chapters provide historical and theoretical grounding across a range of subjects. The diverse approaches taken here offer insight into a great variety of cultural aspects and social players, but articulate a ‘Japan’ that eludes any claims of homogeneity.” Steffi Richter, Universität Leipzig “This Companion provides amazingly wide coverage on contemporary Japan. What's more, it challenges the very idea of anthropology in interesting ways. Although written by experts in the field, it will be of such great interest to students and others new to the field that it may well spark the imagination of the next Ruth Benedict in the making.” Kazue Muta, Osaka University “A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan is a rich collection by Japanese and international researchers that demystifies Japanese culture and society. Challenging static and ahistorical perceptions of Japan, it ranges widely across space and time to provide an innovative and critical study of minorities, gender, culture, education, family, ritual, citizenship, and more.” Mark Selden, Binghamton and Cornell Universities "This is without doubt a creative, informative, and conscientiously argued book from which anthropologists and other students of Japan will have much to learn." Current Anthropology
Jennifer Robertson is Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan. Robertson has published many articles and book chapters on a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from the seventeenth century to the present. Her most recent research projects include Japanese colonial culture-making, eugenic modernity, war art, and comparative bioethics. She is the author of Native and Newcomer: Making and Unmaking a Japanese City (1991), Takarazuka: Sexual Politics and Popular Culture in Modern Japan (1998), and editor of Same-Sex Cultures and Sexualities: An Anthropological Reader (Blackwell, 2004). She is finishing a new book, Blood and Beauty: Eugenic Modernity and Empire in Japan.
A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan is an unprecedented collection of original essays by some of the field’s most distinguished scholars of Japan which, taken together, offer a comprehensive overview of the field. Aiming to retire stale and misleading stereotypes, the authors present new perspectives on Japanese culture and society – past and present – in accessible language. A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan covers a broad range of issues, controversies, and everyday practices, including the unacknowledged colonial roots of anthropology in the Japanese academy; legacies of nationalist research; eugenics and nation-building; majority and minority cultures; class and status; genders and sexualities; urban spectacle and rural 'undevelopment'; domestic, corporate, and educational ideologies and practices; the mass media, leisure, and 'infotainment' industries; women’s and men’s sports; fashion and food cultures; ideas of nature, life, and death; new and folk religions; and science and biotechnology. Collectively, these chapters not only demonstrate Japan’s significance for anthropological research but also help make Japanese society accessible to readers unfamiliar with the country. A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan is a reference volume for scholars, but is also designed to serve as a primary text for courses in anthropology and sociology, history, and Japan and East Asian Studies.
"This groundbreaking symposium will serve scholars well as a reference volume ... Challenging yet accessible, this is essential stock for all academic libraries, and for reference libraries with any interest in disciplines spanned or in Far East Studies. Blackwell Companions are setting an admirable standard as they blaze new trails." Reference Reviews "This is a handsomely produced volume in the recently launched Blackwell series of companions to the major fields of anthropology. ... Well-written and comprehensively documented." Ethnic and Racial Studies “Despite the magnitude of the task, Robertson has succeeded in this collection. Taken together, these 29 original chapters provide historical and theoretical grounding across a range of subjects. The diverse approaches taken here offer insight into a great variety of cultural aspects and social players, but articulate a ‘Japan’ that eludes any claims of homogeneity.” Steffi Richter, Universität Leipzig “This Companion provides amazingly wide coverage on contemporary Japan. What's more, it challenges the very idea of anthropology in interesting ways. Although written by experts in the field, it will be of such great interest to students and others new to the field that it may well spark the imagination of the next Ruth Benedict in the making.” Kazue Muta, Osaka University “A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan is a rich collection by Japanese and international researchers that demystifies Japanese culture and society. Challenging static and ahistorical perceptions of Japan, it ranges widely across space and time to provide an innovative and critical study of minorities, gender, culture, education, family, ritual, citizenship, and more.” Mark Selden, Binghamton and Cornell Universities "This is without doubt a creative, informative, and conscientiously argued book from which anthropologists and other students of Japan will have much to learn." Current Anthropology

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