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By Jennifer Robertson

ISBN-10: 0631229558

ISBN-13: 9780631229551

This e-book is an exceptional number of 29 unique essays by way of many of the world’s such a lot extraordinary students of Japan.

  • Covers a vast diversity of matters, together with the colonial roots of anthropology within the jap academy; eugenics and kingdom development; majority and minority cultures; genders and sexualities; and model and nutrition cultures
  • Resists stale and deceptive stereotypes, through featuring new views on jap tradition and society
  • Makes eastern society obtainable to readers unexpected with the country

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Changing the name of the society, I argued, would effectively erase the colonial history of Japanese ethnology before that history had been described in sufficient detail. I felt that it was important for us to remain conscious of the continuities in the discipline with Japan’s imperial past, when ethnological studies were carried out in conjunction with Japanese colonial policies. Only a few publications describe the history of anthropology in Japan in detail. The formation of anthropology and ethnology in Japan was a process which coincided with efforts to build a strong nation-state, and the discipline was intertwined with such state apparatuses as the system of universal education, imported from Europe in the late 19th century.

Over two years ago, when I was invited to organize and edit this volume, my idea was to treat the book as a whole as a nexus of intersecting forces, ideas, things, and events represented by the vectors formed from the thematic units and constituent chapters. As I wrote in my original proposal to Blackwell, the forces, ideas, things, and events accounted [in this volume] for are those that I perceive to be especially salient to Japan yet general enough to be the basis for both comparative research and contributions to anthropological theorizing.

2004. Chrysanthemum’s Strange Life: Ruth Benedict in Postwar Japan. Japan Policy Research Institute, Occasional Paper 32(July). org. Smith, Robert, and Ella Lury Wiswell. 1982. The Women of Suye Mura. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Stein, Gertrude. 1959. Picasso. Boston: Beacon Press. Tamotsu, Aoki. 1991 [1990]. Nihon bunkaron no hen’yo (The Transformation of Treatises on Japanese Culture). Tokyo: Chu¯o¯ Ko ¯ ronsha. Tirosh, Yofi. 2004. Adjudicating Appearance: Law, Culture and the Predicaments of Identity.

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