Title Information

A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan

Edited by: Jennifer Robertson
eISBN: 9780631229551
Print publication date: 2008


Subject Anthropology

Place Eastern Asia » Japan

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631229551.2008.x

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A Companion to the Anthropology of 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.

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Robertson, Jennifer (ed). A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan. Blackwell Publishing, 2008. Blackwell Reference Online. 18 January 2017 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9780631229551_9780631229551>



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